Mount McLoughlin Climber's Log

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gimpilator - Jul 18, 2016 11:17 am Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2016

37 peaks in 19 days  Sucess!

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


cjwhat - Jun 27, 2016 2:22 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2016

Skeeter season  Sucess!

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.


emilie - May 31, 2016 9:55 am Date Climbed: May 30, 2016

Main trail in snow  Sucess!

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. :-)

Mike D' - Mar 31, 2016 12:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2015

Great Success  Sucess!

Fun hike & light scramble up top. A handful of other folks out there, including some sort of youth mountaineer group.


96avs01 - Sep 7, 2015 8:51 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2015

Great Hike  Sucess!

Really enjoyable hike. Had good views of Shasta, but all the volcanoes North were in the clouds.


EastKing - Sep 28, 2014 12:10 am Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2014

Signature summit on Oregon trip  Sucess!

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.


ScottWhitneyBound - Aug 28, 2014 8:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2014

First Summit (via McLoughlin Trail)  Sucess!

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.

bb - Jul 7, 2014 3:46 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014

Mt. McLoughlin  Sucess!

Trail in good condition and well marked.


cjwhat - May 30, 2014 5:08 pm Date Climbed: May 24, 2014

6 of 7  Sucess!

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.


locke456 - Oct 8, 2013 11:44 pm Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2013

Perfect Dayhike?  Sucess!

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.


Curtissimo - Aug 16, 2013 7:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2013

beautiful mouintain  Sucess!

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.


scgrant - Jul 29, 2013 3:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2013

McLoughlin  Sucess!

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.


boisedoc - Jul 8, 2013 11:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2013

4th of July  Sucess!

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

x83415 - Jul 3, 2013 7:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2013

Mcloughlin Trail  Sucess!

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.

Larry Laverty

Larry Laverty - Jun 30, 2013 2:26 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2013

Standard Route  Sucess!

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.


mastercoog - Jun 27, 2013 6:46 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2013

Summit in Heavy Fog  Sucess!

Summit in heavy fog. About 50ft of visibility toward the summit. Fun climb and went as planned.


mastercoog - Jan 7, 2013 4:29 pm Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2013

McLoughlin Winter Attempt

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.


JoelSkok - Sep 13, 2012 10:23 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 1980

Tall, symmetrical sentinal  Sucess!

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.


Kessler - Sep 4, 2012 11:29 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

McLoughlin  Sucess!



Scott - Sep 3, 2012 10:36 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

McLoughlin  Sucess!

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.

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