Fuego Mountain is ranked #81 on the Oregon List of Prominence Peaks. Oregon in the Winema National Forest. It is northeast of Klamath Falls and east of Chiloquin. Views are limited from the summit of Fuego Mountain and on the cloudy day I was there, they were nearly non-existent.
The name Fuego (Fire in Spanish) seems almost out of context when used to name this mountain. While the mountain is certainly volcanic in origin, it hasn’t been active since man made his humble presence felt on planet earth. Maybe it was named for forest fires that have certainly swept this area periodically. Or, from this mountain you would be able to have a great view of Mt Mazama doing its thing. I know “fuego” is used to describe hot chicks, but since I didn’t see any of those running around, I have to rule that definition out.
The flanks of Fuego Mountain are covered by second growth forests. This area has been heavily logged in the 20th century and much of the landscape reflects the secondary forest growth and the maze of logging roads. There is no good reason outside of peakbagging to hike to the summit of Fuego Mountain and it is seldom visited. Besides, it is brushy and not easily accessed.
For details on the hiking trail see the Route information.
In Lone Pine take a wide gravel road cutting back to the left (it is about a left and a half turn) and this is road 852. You are only on this road for about 500 feet and then turn right on an equally good road numbered 44. Stay on 44 as it climbs and winds up into the mountains for about 13.5 miles. At this point turn left on a lesser road numbered 4450 and head north towards Fuego Mountain.
Road 4450 is good for about 2.0 miles and then deteriorates. I continued another .2 mile where the road was steep and crossed over several large boulders in the roadway. I stopped, backed up and pulled off into the forest. I decided this was a good place for my trailhead, elevation 5,880 ft. This poor road continued another .3 mile before I would have had to park anyway.
No red tape, no northwest forest pass required, no fires permitted.
The nearest official campground is the Williamson River Campground . There are an unlimited number of possible camp sites on road 44 on the way to Fuego Mountain. Let your imagination be your guide. There are lots of impromptu camp sites along the Sprague and Sycan Rivers also.
There are lots of places to backpack camp in the area. Your only limitation here is probably your imagination. There are not any flat bivy sites on the summit if you want to do that, but this hike can easily be done in a half day. The only bivy site that I saw along the route was at the saddle near point 6545 on the topo.
The mountain is not accessible in the Winter and Spring because of snow. During the Summer and Fall, the area is subject to thunderstorms and you should check the weather forecast before hiking. The closest town is Chiloquin.