Mount McLoughlin Climber's Log

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Decon - Mar 13, 2024 9:26 am Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2009

fun with friends  Sucess!

brought a group of friends up. Beautiful mountain but I mostly remember the swarms of mosquitos I thought would drink me dry.

Scott Fulton

Scott Fulton - Oct 29, 2023 7:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2023

Long day. Almost 12 hours  Sucess!

Tons of snow throughout the roundtrip of 10.5 miles


Jowzynkyn - Aug 11, 2023 12:21 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2023

Heavy Fire Haze omits Shasta  Sucess!

4 hours up, 3 hours down 7 hrs C2C. Great hike, well marked, bad time of year for visage for Medford and Shasta


yadahzoemtn - Aug 4, 2023 6:53 am Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2023

Warmed up on this one before doing Thielsen  Sucess!

MIchael and I decided to do this one before heading over to do Thielsen. Nice hike to the top with a trail the entire way. The white markings on the rocks and the big new poles keep the route finding to a minimum. Fun day in the mountains.


Moogie737 - Aug 1, 2023 8:09 am Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2023

Normal route  Sucess!

#1 07-31-23 W/Lana. 4+36 up. Early start, few mosquitoes, light breezes. The white paint trail markings were helpful.


cdog - May 1, 2022 8:32 pm Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2022

spring snowshoe  Sucess!

great spring snowshoe all the way to the top. Booted plunge steps back down the first 2000’, then more snowshoeing. W/ Greg N.


iquest4it - Jun 7, 2021 3:19 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2020

Snowing on July 28th  Sucess!

The day before summiting we were swimming 75-degree water with 90-degree air temps at Freye Lake, but on summit day it was cold, windy, and snowing!

Still a great climb though.


mattcookoregon - Sep 29, 2020 8:29 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2020

Fun times at McLoughlin  Sucess!

I made the summit in mid August 2020. The trail is very well established until the final mile. Lots of rock walls, painted arrows, cairns. Bridge is still out at trailhead but easy to cross.

Here is a video I did showing the summit:


wannabepeakbagger - Jul 15, 2020 4:39 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2020

Got a little offtrack  Sucess!

A few people going up this day and good weather for it. The last few hundred feet elevation gain are a bit of a slog in the soft stuff. I got off-track on the downhill, which the signs warn you about. Even though I was offtrack for a while, I was seeing shoeprints of other hikers here and there the whole time. My GPS watch got me back on track thankfully.


cascadescrambler - Aug 7, 2019 10:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 1986

Trail  Sucess!

Hiked this while on a family camping vacation. Nice outing on a sunny day


Ryland - Jul 18, 2019 7:50 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2011

Great vantage point for a steep run  Sucess!

I ran up from the car park, which was an enjoyable mix of forests and rocky ground, eventually opening up to great views of the broken east side of the mountain and a rewarding panorama from the summit.


scbeam - Jul 9, 2019 4:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2019

An amazing day on the mountain.  Sucess!

The Calvin Expedition successfully summited at about 11:30 AM. Beautiful day.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller - Jun 24, 2019 7:43 am Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2019

Snow near the summit

Bryant Wright, my high school cross country and track coach in 1993-1995, came out for a visit and we attempted a summit of McLoughlin.

Lots of snow but we left the trail and stayed on the mostly snow-free ridge the mail trail more or less follows. Made it about 100m from the summit before encountering a significant snow field. Our ascent ended there as we had no ice axes or traction.

Beautiful clear day with great views!


huskertriguy - Jun 18, 2019 3:51 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2019

Fun scramble  Sucess!

My intention was to do Mt. Shasta, but through the night at Bunny Flat, snowmobilers tore through past all hours. At 2 a.m. I realized I would not be able to climb responsibly and got a few more hours' sleep before heading back north.

This was a suitable alternative on the way home! Snow was quite punchy so care was required to avoid postholing. Additionally, once it was consistently snow with no breaks, the trail was more difficult to identify, so for much of it I just estimated the route and headed straight uphill. (Identifying the return route was not difficult as I merely followed my ogre-sized bootprints. In any case I had map and compass for backup and Gaia for backup to that.)

Once out of the trees I more frequently opted for scrambling the boulders on the ridgeline in order to avoid postholing on punchy snow around unseen rocks. (Not to mention I had neither ice axe nor crampons and thus was unequipped for the need to self-arrest, however unlikely). In many spots I identified thin snowpack with as much as 4-5 feet of melted-out space underneath, so if you choose to stay on the snow, watch it up there.

The final 200 vertical feet required kicking steps into the snow at any rate, and the going was pretty easy given the soft snow.

Because I had come from Shasta and took a diversion through Lava Beds, it was a late start from which I was able to watch the sunset begin from the summit. I'd come prepared to finish in the dark, though I did aim to make it back down to the trees by dark. I still managed to get back to the vehicle and over to Medford in plenty of time for some post-scramble In-n-Out at any rate.


theoglick - Apr 7, 2019 8:44 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2016

An Oregon Beauty  Sucess!

My 2nd solo trip up McLoughlin, a great hike. Beautiful summit with fantastic views.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller - Oct 25, 2018 10:32 am Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2018

Beautiful day!  Sucess!

Hiked it with some of my Southern Oregon Masters Aquatics swim friends on a beautiful and warm fall day.


SkiValdez - Aug 22, 2018 11:06 am Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2017

Mt. McLoughlin Summit  Sucess!

Run from the base to the summit with two friends. Not a terrible climb, first few miles are mild and runnable until nearly treeline, then a scramble the rest of the way with some bouldering and scree at a pretty consistent pitch. Summit has excellent views of all surrounding mountains, including the Mountain Lakes and Sky Lakes wilderness. Early October can be hit or miss as far as the first snowfall goes, so we were fortunate that it was clear on the day we climbed.


triyoda - Jun 25, 2018 9:18 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2018

Got a turns in  Sucess!

Way less snow than this time last year. Made navigating easier. The north bowls were still in, but too steep for me, but I still got about 500' of turns on the south side of the ridge.

winston.mueller - May 29, 2018 10:05 am Date Climbed: May 28, 2018

Late May Mcloughlin Summit  Sucess!

Camped in the parking lot dirtbag style, i don't believe that even a rec pass is required util June, started at 5am and made summit before 8:30am. Snow is very scarce, there are wet and sloshy patches before exiting the tree line but aim for the south east ridge and you'll be ok where you cant see the trail. Windy up top and snow was slushy with warm temperatures. Save for some post holing as you exit the tree line, conditions are pretty good for a hike or a run.


Harvest - Aug 16, 2017 3:47 am Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2017

South Slope Route  Sucess!

South Slope Route 3-10-17

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