This is Part 1 – Climbing up the mountain on the Multnomah Falls side. We parked at Wahkeena Falls parking area and hiked over to the Lodge at Multnomah Falls. From there it was a gently sloped trail to the Benson Bridge. Beyond the bridge, the asphalt trail is a series of steep switchbacks to a ridge crest where the trail split off to the overlook. The Overlook was closed due to a rock slide. Elevation gain to this point is 700 feet.
From there we continued on up the slope on natural trails with tree roots, rocks, etc. We passed Weisendanger Falls and then Echo Falls. When we came to the split in the trail for Larch Mountain, we turned right and continue to climb.
Somewhere along the way we started going over the top of Mulnomah Falls but we were so high up we couldn’t tell. Eventually we headed down on the Wahkeena Falls side of the mountain.