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.
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.
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.
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.
Fri the 13th, spent more time getting the car unstuck from the snow than climbing, but the climb was superb.
Great hike. Tons of mosquitoes down below. Glissading down was epic.
My Dog made it to the top. Got lost on the way out. Mosquitoes chased us to the car. Good times
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.