Larison Rock Trail
|Sun peaking through along Larison Rock Trail|
|Larison Rock Trailhead|
Better known to mountain bikers than hikers the Larison Rock trail climbs relentlessly to a rocky outcrop that provides good views of the surrounding valley. Sadly because of the depth of snow we turned back before reaching Larison Rock. The hiking that we did do was great. The lower section of the trail is home to a lot of old-growth Douglas-fir, western hemlock and a few massive sugar pines.
|Large Douglas-fir flank the Larison Rock trail|
|Stepping across part of a fallen western hemlock|
The rapidly melting snow and the sun peaking through the clouds and dense forest made for an even more beautiful hike. There aren't adequate words to describe the feeling of the sun shining on you through an incredible forest on a cold Oregon winter afternoon.
|Sun break along the Larison Rock trail|
|Snow on a few impressive incense-cedars along the Larison Rock trail|
As we reached the ridge line the snow became much deeper and because of the impending darkness we knew we should turn around. Knowing that great beer and food were waiting at my favorite place in Oakridge (Brewers Union Local 180) we turned back and descended to the lower trailhead.
|Snow along Larison Rock trail|
|Sunshine, a rare December sight in western Cascadia|
Directions from Oakridge: Follow Highway 58 east for 2 miles turn right onto Kitson Springs Road, Follow for .5 mile turn right onto FR 21, Follow FR 21 for approximately .25 miles turn right onto FR 5852, follow for approximately 4 miles to the trailhead, it's on the left.
Trailhead Elevation: Approximately 1,175 feet
Hike Distance: 4.8 miles according to my Garmin Oregon 550 GPS
Hike Type: Out and back
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Usage: Light, didn't see anyone
Difficulty: 3 out of 5