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ScottMcLoughlin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012


The original plan was to climb Mount Rainer, but my work didn’t allow me to get Friday through Tuesday off so I had to change plane tickets/destinations. Plans were changed to Mount McLoughlin since it’s a solitary mountain and I had too many peaks on the wish list for areas like the Three Sisters or Crater Lake that could be completed in just a weekend.

My son wanted to join me as well so we flew to Medford late Friday night. The next morning we picked up a rental car and had to go shopping, so we didn’t begin the climb of Mt McLoughlin until 10:30 AM. We made good time up the mountain and found ourselves on the summit for a late lunch.

The skies were completely cloud free, but there was much smoke in the air from forest fires down south, so the views were a bit disappointing since we couldn’t see Mt Shasta or the Three Sisters. It was still a nice climb and we made it down the mountain rather quickly and with plenty of time to set of camp at Lake of the Woods and to have a nice BBQ buffet there. The only mishap was that there were many hornets on the way down and I got stung twice.
Posted Sep 3, 2012 10:36 pm

Vic HansonBusy day on Pitt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2012

Vic Hanson

By the time I got to the TH parking lot, there were already 25 cars there, and a couple more came right after me. Made it to the top in 2:22, 30 min. on top, and down in 2:08, which included going to help rescue a hiker who had lost the trail on the way down and was yelling for help. I met a group on the way down that I had passed going up and he asked if I did this every weekend. I said no, I'm retired and do it every day. Actually that was a bit of an exaggeration, I just checked and this was only my 16 mountain so far in August. But most of the non-peak days included hiking, as well as driving. Have had a great time in the Cascades this month! Now heading down to California for some more. BTW, there is a glass jar on the 2nd of the summit rock piles with a few pieces of paper in it but no real notebook type register.
Posted Aug 26, 2012 8:17 pm

RedwicA Great Morning And A Dark Knight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2012


I car-camped at the Mount McLoughlin TH before setting out at 5:20 AM for an early morning hike. 4h40m roundtrip (2h30m up, 10m summit, 2h0m down). I found the trail to be a little boring, but the final 1000' of scree-gain and the summit views made it worth the trip. No summit register, though.

I had enough time to backtrack to Medford midday and see "The Dark Knight Rises" during its opening weekend. Then I had dinner with a peakbagging friend and his wife, before heading east for a few hikes in Lake County the following day.

This was the first of seven Top 100 peaks summited in Oregon during a 3-1/2 day timeframe.
Posted Jul 24, 2012 6:12 pm

Nick TurturaSweet Rock  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2012

Nick Turtura

Fri the 13th, spent more time getting the car unstuck from the snow than climbing, but the climb was superb.
Posted Jun 4, 2012 11:53 pm

mnpalermLove it!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2011


Great hike. Tons of mosquitoes down below. Glissading down was epic.
Posted May 28, 2012 6:57 pm

vanagon2Dog Days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006


My Dog made it to the top. Got lost on the way out. Mosquitoes chased us to the car. Good times
Posted May 13, 2012 1:24 am

OregonoutdoordudeAwesome views, awesome Hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2011
Awesome workout, with awesome rewards on top... climbed to the top in 2.5 hrs with no stops on the way up. If you are experienced I totally reccomend doing what we did. Climb with headlamps before light, so you reach the top before the heat of the day.
Posted Feb 10, 2012 11:21 pm

Ted EliasonWhite out conditions

Ted Eliason

Bush whacking through the Doug Firs in white out conditions to cut a few turns off the summit ridge
Posted Oct 12, 2011 12:13 pm

sprossedaNE face to E ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2011


Double ice tooled my way up 45 degree NE face about half way to summit. With warm temps and late start, snow got too slushy so joined back to E ridge half way up. Will go back when colder to solo ice climb entire NE or NW face. Very nice summit, views (Shasta to Sisters), and environment. Great mountain.
Posted Aug 11, 2011 11:54 am

bc44caesarSoutheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2011


Climbed to the summit in a little over 4 hrs. Great ski down the upper part of the mountain, but ended up descending the wrong way and wound up at Four Mile Lake. A couple miles of hiking on snow-covered roads brought me back to the car in a little over 7 hrs round trip.
Posted Jun 23, 2011 11:30 am

Troy BRoute: Summit SnoPark  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2011

Troy B

Access roads were still snowed in so a long approach from the Summit SnoPark. Beautiful sunny cool day provided excellent views from the top.
Posted Jun 18, 2011 11:38 am

zzrilHike up, snowboard down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2008


Beautiful trip up from the lot and screaming descent on the board.
Posted Nov 12, 2010 9:22 pm

sierramtngoatMt. McLoughlin Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2010


Climbed in snowing conditions with my wife Anna and enjoyed a memorable 100 ft. of visibility on the summit; interestingly enough, we were not alone! The trail (painted dot route) above treeline is difficult to follow if not a crappy route in general; we moved quickly once deciding to stay on the rocks near ridge line while ascending. On the descent, we again attempted to follow the "painted dot route", but lost it a few times. A word of warning: don't be stupid and descend below the dot route; you may get lost like a few people that day and/or find yourself surfing on some loose as hell scree -- if you loose the route on descent, just traverse to the ridge and you will certainly pick it up again. We both thought the route was enjoyable despite the weather however the people we saw climing in shorts and cotton T's might have a different opinion. This was my 5th Cascade Volcano.
Posted Aug 30, 2010 3:49 am

SwithichThree Times, Thrice the Charm.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2007
This is my third time summiting Mt. McLoughlin. Surprisingly this year there was a lot of snow (previous years I had done it on October 14th the previous year). Luckily the trail wasn't too bad to start (patches of snow in places), up to the shoulder of the ridge at around 8000 feet. From there the snow got progressively deeper until the summit which was around 3-4 feet deep (for the last 50-100 feet). Not a bad climb for someone in shape...I enjoy doing it every year.

Update: Found the pictures from the first ascent and now I have the date of that.

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Posted Aug 9, 2010 4:48 am

nicozone4th of July Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010


The weather in Oregon has been really cruddy the entire month of June, so the 4th of July weekend was perfect for a quick scramble. Zero clouds and almost no wind on the summit; was perfect with the view easily extending to Shasta and the Three Sisters.
Posted Jul 5, 2010 5:06 pm

HolkUnpreparred  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008


I may have sort of sandbaged my friend Abby a little on this trip. The weather was worse than expected, especially for wearing a t-shirt and shorts, and the mosquitos were kamikaze! But the climb was fun and a fellow climber shared the most delicious mango with me on the summit.
Posted Feb 24, 2010 2:45 am

SnowsloggerSki up, ski down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 1998


Fun XC ski ascent and descent with a friend.
Posted Dec 28, 2009 1:02 am

alpinedon2nd-4th times  Sucess!


Instead of signing individual climbing logs, I will just put the rest of my ascents in one spot. Did MM three more times, twice with friends and one with Eugene Mountain Rescue looking for a climber who, unfortunately, had died on the mountain. On my last trip, summited with Dave M., then drove to Pilot Rock and climbed that a few hours later.
Posted Nov 22, 2009 4:07 pm

alpinedon1st Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 1999


This was my 1st climb of McLoughlin, and was a fun trip. The most memorable things that happened were that on the way, an f-18 flew RIGHT above us, must have only been 100' above tree level, one of the most deafening sounds I have ever heard, and then, there was a small cloud hovering over the summit the whole day, and I was so paranoid about lightning after being chased off Black Crater by a thunderstorm a few weeks earlier, I was terrified of actually reaching the summit and when I did I only spent a few minutes on top before heading down.
Posted Nov 22, 2009 4:05 pm

OOGTwice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2008


First time I tried to stay on the trail and had a terrible time with the scree. Second Time I just went up the ridge sticking to the rocks and had a much more enjoyable hike.
Posted Oct 24, 2009 11:49 pm

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