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.
South Slope Route 3-10-17
There was bad weather for weeks in WA so Heather and I drove through OR, CA, NV, UT, and ID. We climbed 37 peaks in 19 days. I soloed McLoughlin on the second morning and we hiked up Mount Eddy later that afternoon. Some snow on the route required the use of micro-spikes. trip report
Rico and I went up the normal route ... his second ascent and my fourth. We were well coated in DEET and sunscreen, neither of which worked well enough for the conditions.
There was snow starting around 6000 feet and we lasted real quickly. Navigated by combination of seeing the mountain through the trees and staying on the ridge as much as possible, and a couple of cell phones with enough battery. We were prepared for a strenuous hike but not a snow climber climb it to turned out to be. We kept moving forward testing out the terrain and eventually after a long six hours made it to the top. The top was a bit of a knife edged ridge this year. Was a much more strenuous but also more satisfying hike than anticipated. :-)
Fun hike & light scramble up top. A handful of other folks out there, including some sort of youth mountaineer group.
Really enjoyable hike. Had good views of Shasta, but all the volcanoes North were in the clouds.
It was the first mountain I hit on my trip and by far the toughest on the trip. Very hot day. I went through 5 liters of water and Gatorade.
It's a very steep trail, especially the last 0.7 miles which gains over 1,200 feet along a knife-edge ridge. The route I chose along the north side of the ridge was extremely loose. I suppose you might avoid the loose trail by hopping from boulder to boulder along the top of the ridge, but I'm not sure if that would be better/faster/safer.
Trail in good condition and well marked.
Snow was continuous from below treeline. That was a bit surprising. In spite of that got 6 out 7 to top; including 3 teenage girls in tennis shoes. Started at 7:30 and reached summit at 1:00. Left Eric on ridge and he started back on his own, but got lost where the trail is hard to follow amongst patches of snow. Sheriff's SAR team found him at 7:30 p.m. well on his way to Four Mile Lake. It was a great day, a great climb, and no one had to spend the night in the woods.
Tackled this one this weekend using the main trail after climbing Yamsay Mountain on Saturday.
Amazingly fun dayhike, as you start out in the pine forest at trailhead-level, move eventually into switchbacking among boulders with great views of the nearby lakes, and then suddenly are on a ridge that's more like some alpine scramble in the coastal Cascades than something you'd expect to find 30 minutes from Klamath Falls.
The ridge had a fair amount of snow on it, just enough to make climbing slippery but not enough to cover the rocks along the ridgeline. If you're ascending in snow, I'd recommend staying on the north side of the ridge as much as possible; I stayed to the south and kept having to regain altitude I'd lost without really realizing it. On the way back down, it was more visually clear that the north side was much easier and more gradual.
The summit proper was two small snow mounds joined by a skinny snow bridge that was iced over. Having cached my crampons below on the advice of a fellow climber I'd spoken to earlier in the day, I just tagged the summit and scrambled back down before I slid off. Looking forward to going back either more prepared or in better weather, though. This mountain is a gem, and probably my favorite dayhike I've ever done.
Route sticks right along ridge of the mountain, like climbing a dragon's spine. Last mile or so offers some fun choices and chance to use your hands. A wonderful area worthy of more exploration.
We stayed at the Lake of the Woods resort cabins, a little pricy but a great place to relax less than five miles from trail head.
7/28/2013 Fun weekend road trip to Oregon capped off with a great climb of Mount McLoughlin. Pretty decent views from the summit of Thielsen and the Three Sisters to the north and Mt. Shasta to the South, despite the smoky conditions.
had a great 4th hiking with my wife and some good friends. Snow is almost all gone from the main route. Plenty of mosquitos down low. Expansive views for sure. Plenty of loose rock to slip on so be careful. Plenty of company along the route since it was a holiday
Got an early start and made it to summit around 11am. High for the day 102 degrees and we definitely felt it. No water source available after the parking lot. If bringing dogs, beware that volcanic rocks can tear up their paws pretty bad. Beautiful view of Shasta and other Southern Oregon peaks and lakes.
She's a big one, a sizable mountain in the club with the bigger volcanoes. Once on the ridge you start getting an idea of how prominent she is. Met a fun group from Klamath Falls on the top and exchanged picture taking.
Summit in heavy fog. About 50ft of visibility toward the summit. Fun climb and went as planned.
Attempted to climb McLoughlin during the winter. Turned back at 8000+ because of time considerations so we would not get stuck in the woods at night time. Proved to be harder than expected because of the length of the snowshoeing and tree cover that made it difficult to know where you were on the mountain. I recommend if you want to improve your chances for success to climb it in two days during the winter.
An alpine ridge that didn't seem to end, a few high angled snowfields, nice donkey stable on the top. With Beth Filip, a ski racer from New Hampshire. Hammered this out in preparation for Shasta, taunting me in the haze to the south. Loved it.