Larison Creek Tr3646

3D view of Larison Creek Trail #3646

Overall: 7

Aerobic: 6

Technical: 6

Steepness: 5

Flow: 6

Singletrack: 100%

Larison Creek Tr3646 is an ascent from the Hills Creek Reservoir shoreline to the headwaters of Larison Creek.

Type

OAB

Length

Avg: 10mi

Ascent

Moderate

Elevation Change

TH:1550'
Avg Ascent:2500'

Ascent Incline

7%

Duration

Avg: 3hr

Weather
Forecast

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Video

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View of Larison Creek Old Growth Forest

Nearby Larison Rock Tr3607 offers much more challenging terrain, while M. Fork Willamette Tr3609 and Salmon Cr Tr4365 are easier rides, for those seeking something less trenuous.

When clear of brush, FR2106 can be used for a shuttle ride, although the upper section of that road is not maintained and becomes overgrown. FR2106 is gated and, seasonally dependent, that gate may not be open. Although damaged, FR101 is usually passable by car.

The last .8mi of Larison Creek Tr3646 is a steep 19% grade, but the lower section of this 5.9mi trail is only 7% grade, suitable for a challenging 10mi OAB ride. Ascending alongside Larison Cove, Hills Creek Reservoir, then Larison Creek, intermediate riders would find Larison Cr Tr3646 to be a technically challenging OAB ride, with a steady grade but uneven terrain and a number of creek crossings along the way.

FR2101 and FR101 create a loop option, although the (rough) 8.3mi FR101 section covers some uneven terrain, adding 3900' of climbing to gain 600' in elevation.

This is a lot of forest road use, but is the only good loop option so it is described below.

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Larison Creek Trail #3646 mid section Larison Creek Trail #3646 Topo Map Larison Creek Trail #3646 alongside Hills Creek Lake

Loop Directions

fr101 is not a trail

Larison Creek Area Topo Map

  • TH: Go north on FR21 2.3mi to FR2101, then climb 1.9mi to FR101.
  • 4.2mi: Go left onto FR101 and continue for 8.3mi through ten creek ravines.
  • 12.6mi: Cross a ridge and go left onto the trail. Descend through the steep upper section, followed by several razor-switchbacks to the creek crossing. The first mile is steep and can be overgrown with blackberry bushes in July and August, a reminder that sometimes 'biking is bleeding'. Larison Creek FR101 Trailhead
  • 13.7mi: The steep section ends in a series of razor-sharp 'tapeworm' switchbacks down to the Larison Creek crossing, followed by several miles of technical riding, with exposed roots and many stream crossings. Larison Creek upper switchback section
  • 16.9mi: Trail surface smoothes out, with a few stream crossings and some hillside exposure while riding alongside Hills Creek Lake.

 

 

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Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

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