Friday, November 17, 2006

Sherrard Point-Columbia Gorge, Oregon

On a clear day.......Drive to the top of Larch Mountain, climb the stairs up to the concrete platform and gawk at the view.

Thomas Sherrard traveled an unlikely route to Oregon. Born in Brooklyn, Michigan, he graduated from Yale and studied forestry at Harvard. The US Forest Service hired him in 1905 and by 1908, he supervised the Oregon Forest (later known as the Mt Hood Forest).

To reach the view point named after him, drive I-84, take the Corbett exit (22) and travel uphill about a mile to the Old Columbia River Highway. After two miles, veer right on Larch Mountain Rd. and follow it to it’s end, about 14 miles.

Larch Mtn road is closed from November through May. A Northwest Forest pass is required and a self-service pay station is available on site.

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