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2skinnersRoute Climbed: Standard trail route Date Climbed: August 3&4, 2005  Sucess!
My wife and I summited on the 3rd and then climbed down to about 8,000 elevation or so and camped overnight. The sunset was amazing as the sun cast a shadow of the mountain over the Southern valley. The sky was gorgeous, the stars were amazing and the sunrise was equally great. Great views of the surrounding lakes (Fourmile Lake, Lake of the Woods, Fish Lake, and Klamath Lake). Great view Southwest of Mt. Shasta, views East of Mt. Thielsen, Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, and the Crater Lake Rim. Other mountains were seen that I have not yet identified. Definately a worthwhile climb.
Posted Aug 24, 2005 12:38 am

Rick KentRoute Climbed: McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2005  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Nice dayhike and wonderful weather. A bit hazy but view fairly nice. Just an all-around pleasant day. Took the fast sandy slope down before realizing I was way off route and spent more than 30 minutes traversing back through boulders and forest to get back to the trail. Round-trip at an average pace took just under 5 hrs.
Posted Aug 17, 2005 8:14 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: May 28, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Climbed with Miguel and Andrew as a warm-up for Casaval Ridge the next day. Cold, windy, and no views this day.
Posted Jul 16, 2005 2:03 pm

ransomRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: early march late 90s  Sucess!
Climbed in winter conditions with my dad. Could be done in a day by a fit person- we camped- which was great too. HUGE cornices on the right side of ridge. I walked 20 feet away from the edge on the way up thinking that was safe- but on the way back down, my tracks were on the wrong side of a sixty-foot long fracture. Closer inspection let me see through the fracture all the way to the bottom of the bowl! Lucky me for sure. A beautiful climb
Posted Jun 1, 2005 7:04 am

forjanRoute Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail (East Ridge) Date Climbed: May 28, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed with awagher and Matthew Holliman. It rained and hailed until 8:00am that morning. At 8:35am, we decided to go for it anyways. Quite windy on the east ridge (albeit Mt. McLoughlin Trail). Car-to-car in 5 hours. Then, we drove into Klamath Falls for pizza and then we headed to Mount Shasta to climb Casaval Ridge next day.
Posted May 31, 2005 6:12 pm

awagherRoute Climbed: East Ridge (Trail) Date Climbed: May 28th, 2005


Good day out. 5hrs round round trip with forjan and Mathew Holliman.
Posted May 30, 2005 3:51 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: 27 October 2002  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

Tough, Tough scree climb from Fourmile Lake. This was my 7th time up Mt. McLoughlin.
Posted Mar 27, 2005 2:04 pm

onandupwardsRoute Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin trail Date Climbed: 7/4/04  Sucess!


Out of shape, took 7.5 hours up and 4.5 hours down

Half way up, gave water to two kids who were coming down alone, no shirts?? Took the snow field and saved a lot of jarring and time on the way down. Anything with stoneworks built on top seems too low to be proud of.
Posted Jan 22, 2005 11:34 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: McLoughlin Date Climbed: 31 August, 2002  Sucess!


Arriving @ 4-Mile Lake (the nearest official campground) @ 3.15 the night before (the morning of?!), waking up @ 7.00, starting early was deemed 2ndary, & I left the TH (~5560') @ 9.11.

The 1st half of the journey worked progressively upwards through the forest, maintaining a steady (but not too steep) incline. The 2nd half was considerably steeper, including some 3rd class as well as steep sand-crawling sections. There were beautiful views on the way up, however. Mt. Thielsen could be made out (@ the summit, anyway), the rolling, heavily-forested Oregon Cascades (all volcanic- not what I was used to!) were all around, several mid-sized lakes were visible, & (at least on the ascent) Mt. Shasta made its presence felt to the S, its tall head rising above the clouds at its base, revealing its might & majesty. The weather was wonderful, being a bit on the warm side.

Arrived @ the summit @ 12.01, descending @ 14.34. Descent uneventful, & reached the TH @ 16.45.

All in all, a beautiful & nice hike. A great intro' to Oregon!
Posted Nov 8, 2004 3:12 am

PawkalaRoute Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: September 28, 2004  Sucess!


Camped next to the parking lot after a late arrival in the dark. Woke the next morning to crisp weather and a start about 8:30. Weather was exceptionally nice for early fall. The drive through Medford reveiled 92 degree heat.

It is the most rocky trail I have ever seen. Like a river bed at times. Enjoyed the large boulder hopping towards the top much more than the scree. We were able to make it down about a thousand feet without getting on any scree. Tennis shoes were awesome, expecially ones with sticky rubber. Great view from the top including Shasta, Mt. Ashland, Thielsen, South Sister. Good climb to do once if you don't live in the area.
Posted Sep 29, 2004 5:28 pm

millsb40Route Climbed: East Ridge Trail Date Climbed: July 24th, 2004  Sucess!


Weather couldn't have been better, but got a little warm (103 in Medford). Had to share the summit with two other climbers. If we left 15 minutes earlier, that wouldn't have been the case. Passed at least 30 on the way down. I would suggest an early start. Mosquitoes were really bad on the approach trail.
Posted Sep 29, 2004 12:37 am

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: East side trail Date Climbed: July 21, 2004  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

Climbed this one twice before - 7/25/00 and 8/24/97 but this was the the most enjoyable due to weather and getting an earlier start and not having to bust my ass getting back before dark!

The upper trail still sucks - what's with all that money we pay for passes!? We get a nice sign and an outhouse at the trailhead - is that it?

Ok, just had to vent a little - I could go on forever about that one..

2:15 up and 1:25 down. plus about a half hour at the summit to enjoy the view. Passed about 50 people this trip - the mountain is sure getting popular.
Posted Sep 24, 2004 8:23 pm

Ol WalsherRoute Climbed: Mount McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: July 10, 2004  Sucess!

Ol Walsher

Hiked with my dad and his wife. An amazing summit with spectacular views. Weather was perfect. A bit of scramble at the top.

Posted Jul 19, 2004 9:23 pm

wolfRoute Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin trail Date Climbed: Aug. 1998  Sucess!
The top affords a 360 degree view that is wonderful. The climb was one of my favorites due to the ample bouldering opportunites on the way up and down. Very little bouldering was required to summit so don't let that scare you off if you aren't a bouldering fan.
Posted Feb 26, 2004 12:00 pm

dkantolaRoute Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: September 21, 2003  Sucess!


Good views and a high volcano experience, but the "trail" to the top quickly degrades into a very rugged marked route. It's apparent the USFS didn't improve it much a few years ago. Even below treeline it's narrow, steep, and loose. This one might be better done when snow covered.
Posted Sep 22, 2003 2:00 am

poet221877Route Climbed: McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: 09/20/03  Sucess!
Boy was this HARD! It was a beautifull day, not a cloud around. I recommend LOTS of water, and plenty of determination. This was the first mountain my husband and I climbed together and was a very special moment for us as a couple. I had alot of fun and I wish everyone luck!

Michelle Vestal
Posted Sep 21, 2003 7:29 pm

mtndaveRoute Climbed: McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: August 24th, 2003  Sucess!


Wonderful hike , awesome trail with very little scree ! Summited in 3.5 hours from TH with my 13 yo daughter, spent nearly 2 hours on top enjoying the gorgeous views of all the surrounding lakes and mountains . Be sure to stay on the ridge on the decent so you will connect with the main trail back to TH.
Posted Aug 28, 2003 9:59 pm

annaleiserabinekRoute Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: July 4, 2003  Sucess!


This was my first hike. I loved it, despite the 70+ mosquito bites I came home with. I'm the best bug repellent for anyone who is with me. The views were beautiful. The rock scramble to the top was a blast (like I said my first hike). I was graceful enough to knock my camera down inside some rocks at the summit. Much to the dismay of my fellow hikers it was successfully retrieved with a trekking pole. As we started the scramble back down we were advised that the snow was the quickest way down the mountain. My partner, Cornvallis, took to the snowfield like butter on bread, but once I got there (I have no snow experience at all) I took a couple of steps down the snowfield and quickly learned what glissading is. I lost 1000ft fast and uncontrollable! What a rush! Overall, a great beginning mountain for me. I couldn’t wait to do another.
Posted Aug 26, 2003 12:47 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: July 4, 2003  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Dean and I met in Klamath Falls the morning of the 4th and drove up to the trail. As he mentioned in his report, the mosquitos in the forest were voracious, and I got my legs royally drilled. Great hike with long views. It was my 23rd Oregon county highpoint.
Posted Jul 17, 2003 7:47 pm

CornvallisRoute Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: July 4th, 2003  Sucess!


Beautiful day and an amazing mountain. Once above timberline the trail becomes hard to follow, so just aim for the summit above and enjoy the scramble. Incredible views of the glacier carved northe face along the ridge on the way up. Once on the summit we met fellow SummitPost members Dean and RBolton. Great guys who introduced me to this site. Thanks guys, I have been oh so productive lately spending all of my time on the computer ;-) They were warming up for climbing Thielsen the next day. We had planned on doing the same, but ended up spending the majority of the next day at this little lake on the way called Crater Lake. It deserved the whole day, so we decided to do Thielsen later in the summer. After a miraculous rescue of one of my cameras that was dropped in between the boulders piled up on the summit we headed back down. Got a little glissading in on a snowfield on the east side. Contoured back over to the ridge to find the trai, and headed back down the trail.
Posted Jul 16, 2003 11:49 pm

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