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Snidely WhiplashClouds of Mosquitos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2006

Snidely Whiplash

This must be what Alaska is like. Literally Clouds of Mosquitos, from the car all the way to timberline. Nice mountain, though.
Posted Feb 26, 2007 1:17 am

donhaller3The usual trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1961


My Dad took my brother Lynn and I up when we were 8 and 10 respectively. I believe I complained a lot. On top, Lynn and I tried to convice ourselves we could see the Wallowas in the distance--maybe Paulina. Two falcons were circling the mountain off and on all day, the first falcons I had seen close enough to tell what they were myself. Exact day not recorded--late summer 1961. The map we had claimed the summit was almost 10,000 feet.
Posted Feb 24, 2007 7:11 am

WallylongridgeMt. McLoughlin Trail  Sucess!


The last bit of the peak was pretty steep.
Posted Feb 19, 2007 4:09 pm

highicesolo with a dog  Sucess!
nice solo with a bivy above treeline. I picked a harder version so I could make use of both tools, while the mutt followed the ridge and met me on top.
Posted Feb 1, 2007 8:02 pm

hiway99wMt. McLoughlin  Sucess!


Climbed Mt. McLoughlin with my college's outdoor program in September 1978. I remember it as being pretty easy. It was crowded, too. I almost accidentally climbed it again a couple of years later. I went out for a solo hike near Lake of the Woods and found myself on the Mt. McLoughlin trail, got lost in thought and found myself fairly high up on the mountain. I decided since I'd come this far to go for it. I was completely unprepeared for serious hiking, let alone climbing. While resting, another party came by and offered me water. I realized that I was being foolish and abandoned the attempt.
Posted Oct 22, 2006 3:06 pm

cascadetravelerA clear view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006


I last climbed Mt Mcloughlin in late september of last year. It had stormed the day and night before. It left the mountain with a light snow cover (very nice) but limited views. I returned with an earlier date in mind and a couple of new climbing buddies.

We were rewarded with a perfect day not to warm and a lite breeze. we started at 7;15 A.M. and summited at 11:00 A.M. to a top notch view of southern oregon with The great Mt Shasta on the southern horizon.
Posted Aug 13, 2006 4:35 pm

madmallardshasta warm-up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006


another cascade volcano to add to my bag. the trail fades out as you make the ridge. stay close to the top of the ridge to avoid the soft ash below. the views from the summit are inspiring.
Posted Aug 1, 2006 4:53 pm

grandwazooNice early may Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 2006


Parked at higway 140, still four feet of snow at parking area. AT skied in the road to trailhead, followed standard route to summit. Got a azimuth on a direct path back to car. Follow approximate AZ of 150°. Had no problem carving turns for about 3500+ of vertical back to the car. AWESOME is all I can say.
About 8 feet or more of snow towards the summit... Heard what sounded like a bear growl while approaching the highway... shit myself, good thing I had my leatherman..LOL
From the photos on SP of this peak I'm glad I did it in the winter, much easier going.
Posted May 5, 2006 9:32 pm

trinityalpsmanOregon's Fuji  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 1998


Camped at Four Mile Lake. Followed the trail to the highest point and sang about the view!
Posted Mar 22, 2006 5:14 am

brettwilliMt. Mcloughlin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2005
First 3 miles flat, last 2, straight up, very fun
Posted Feb 18, 2006 7:38 am

cascadetravelerRoute Climbed: Mt mcloughlin trail Date Climbed: september 17th 2005  Sucess!


The hike began on a saturday morning. It had rained buckets through the night as I slumber at the trail head. I am met in the morning by two fellow climbers. The conditions are not great. We hike forward despite the fickle weather. We came along four other climbing parties on the way up. two groups turned around. Another had spent the night up high on the mountain, they were making a hasty retreat. Lastly a party of two climbers would break trail through late summer snows and we followed. The light snow cover made walking up the scree quite managable. The scree is normally the descent route. The views of the surrounding countryside were intermittant. The previous nights storm was retreating slowly. The views from the summit were like the view from the window seat of a jet airliner travling through heavy clouds. We ate lunch with a visiting pine marten. I am certainly looking forward to a return trip during more stable weather.
Posted Jan 8, 2006 1:01 pm

Brian FrederickRoute Climbed: Trail route/ skis Date Climbed: 1976 and 1979  Sucess!

Brian Frederick

Winter 1976 skied up from the highway, very long day. 1979 Hiked in on trail in june, snow at the top
Posted Sep 29, 2005 9:40 pm

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

leftfieldRoute Climbed: McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: May 29, 2005  Sucess!


Our Shasta climb got scuttled so four refugees from that backtracked to McLoughlin. Had climbed it previously in August/September/October but never with snow. Clouds came and went but we had a sunny descent. Glad to get up something!
Posted Jun 11, 2005 6:49 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

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