Mount McLoughlin Climber's Log

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wolf - Feb 26, 2004 12:00 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin trail Date Climbed: Aug. 1998  Sucess!

The top affords a 360 degree view that is wonderful. The climb was one of my favorites due to the ample bouldering opportunites on the way up and down. Very little bouldering was required to summit so don't let that scare you off if you aren't a bouldering fan.


dkantola - Sep 22, 2003 2:00 am

Route Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: September 21, 2003  Sucess!

Good views and a high volcano experience, but the "trail" to the top quickly degrades into a very rugged marked route. It's apparent the USFS didn't improve it much a few years ago. Even below treeline it's narrow, steep, and loose. This one might be better done when snow covered.

poet221877 - Sep 21, 2003 7:29 pm

Route Climbed: McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: 09/20/03  Sucess!

Boy was this HARD! It was a beautifull day, not a cloud around. I recommend LOTS of water, and plenty of determination. This was the first mountain my husband and I climbed together and was a very special moment for us as a couple. I had alot of fun and I wish everyone luck!

Michelle Vestal


mtndave - Aug 28, 2003 9:59 pm

Route Climbed: McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: August 24th, 2003  Sucess!

Wonderful hike , awesome trail with very little scree ! Summited in 3.5 hours from TH with my 13 yo daughter, spent nearly 2 hours on top enjoying the gorgeous views of all the surrounding lakes and mountains . Be sure to stay on the ridge on the decent so you will connect with the main trail back to TH.


annaleiserabinek - Aug 26, 2003 12:47 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: July 4, 2003  Sucess!

This was my first hike. I loved it, despite the 70+ mosquito bites I came home with. I'm the best bug repellent for anyone who is with me. The views were beautiful. The rock scramble to the top was a blast (like I said my first hike). I was graceful enough to knock my camera down inside some rocks at the summit. Much to the dismay of my fellow hikers it was successfully retrieved with a trekking pole. As we started the scramble back down we were advised that the snow was the quickest way down the mountain. My partner, Cornvallis, took to the snowfield like butter on bread, but once I got there (I have no snow experience at all) I took a couple of steps down the snowfield and quickly learned what glissading is. I lost 1000ft fast and uncontrollable! What a rush! Overall, a great beginning mountain for me. I couldn’t wait to do another.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Jul 17, 2003 7:47 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: July 4, 2003  Sucess!

Dean and I met in Klamath Falls the morning of the 4th and drove up to the trail. As he mentioned in his report, the mosquitos in the forest were voracious, and I got my legs royally drilled. Great hike with long views. It was my 23rd Oregon county highpoint.


Cornvallis - Jul 16, 2003 11:49 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: July 4th, 2003  Sucess!

Beautiful day and an amazing mountain. Once above timberline the trail becomes hard to follow, so just aim for the summit above and enjoy the scramble. Incredible views of the glacier carved northe face along the ridge on the way up. Once on the summit we met fellow SummitPost members Dean and RBolton. Great guys who introduced me to this site. Thanks guys, I have been oh so productive lately spending all of my time on the computer ;-) They were warming up for climbing Thielsen the next day. We had planned on doing the same, but ended up spending the majority of the next day at this little lake on the way called Crater Lake. It deserved the whole day, so we decided to do Thielsen later in the summer. After a miraculous rescue of one of my cameras that was dropped in between the boulders piled up on the summit we headed back down. Got a little glissading in on a snowfield on the east side. Contoured back over to the ridge to find the trai, and headed back down the trail.


Dean - Jul 6, 2003 2:15 am

Route Climbed: Normal trail / ridge route Date Climbed: July 4, 2003  Sucess!

What better way to celebrate the 4th than climb a good sized mountain. RBolton and I made the effort to gain the highpoint of Jackson County and we were surprised by how nice the summit and the view we had were. Slightly hazy but all the mountains from the Sisters to the north to Shasta southward made their presence known. We spent a good hour on the summit enjoying the views and socializing with some great people we met up there We saw a miraculous rescue of a camera that had been dropped into the summit rocks proving once again the value of a trekking pole.

Mt. Thielsen was our objective for the following day and we had a good look at it from the summit of big Mac. Great day.

Don't forget your bug repellent for the lower reaches of the trail

Dan Winter

Dan Winter - Jun 25, 2003 11:01 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: 6-14-03  Sucess!

It was a nice day, and only a few other hikers out. The ranger nabbed me for no trail pass. Oh well it was worth the 6 bucks.


nicci_lee - Jun 22, 2003 10:18 am

Route Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail 3716 Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!

Easy hike up to summit trail. Beautiful area and beautiful day. Hike to summit is fairly simple and few people are on this mountain. New climbers would benefit from this climb. Climbed McLoughlin as a warm up for Thielsen the next day.


cmc56789 - Apr 27, 2003 11:58 pm

Route Climbed: Summit Trail Date Climbed: late March, 2003  Sucess!

Summited on snowshoes. had nice views of Shasta. Saw 4 other people coming down as i was on my way up. Very fun hike except that i forgot sunscreen and got a pretty bad sunburn, but it was worth the pain. I won't forget sunscreen again.


ktnbs - Mar 8, 2003 11:39 am

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: August 1982, October 1984  Sucess!

stoned again on mt. pitt

gm - Dec 1, 2002 6:46 pm

Date Climbed: August 23, 2002  Sucess!

Three McLoughlins attain the summit of Mt. McLoughlin.

Have any other McLoughlins climbed this mountain?

It was a bright, sunny day, although the view from the top was somewhat reduced by the smoke of the tragic, record-setting forest fires that were burning during the summer.


cjwhat - Oct 18, 2002 8:47 am

Route Climbed: Normal (trail & east ridge) Date Climbed: July 17, 1986  Sucess!

5 people total on route this day.


artg - Jul 17, 2002 8:54 pm

Route Climbed: Summit Trail Date Climbed: July 4, 2002  Sucess!

Nice climb, somewhat strenuous just below the summit where the trail winds through lava flows. Great view of Mt. Shasta to the south.


rpc - Feb 12, 2002 3:40 pm

Route Climbed: Mount McLaughlin trail Date Climbed: mid October 2001  Sucess!

Perfect weather - sunny, clear, low wind. Messed up on the descent by taking the scree field down (very seductive - nice quick going - easy on the legs) instead of doubling back along the ascent ridge (they actually warn you of this on the national forest web site). Had to boulder hop to get back to the trail - dog needed to be carried after she fell in between boulders and got freaked out a bit. Fell down with the dog on my back - she freaked out even more.


dshoe - Dec 21, 2001 9:25 am

Route Climbed: Mt McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: 06-09-01  Sucess!

Very nice day trip to the summit! Round-trip took about 7 hours to complete, including an hour stay at the summit. Could see Mt Shasta to the south and Mt Thielsen to the north! Great trip experience; well worth the effort!

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Aug 21, 2001 6:29 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. McLoughlin Trail Date Climbed: 8/19/01  Sucess!

A decent day hike/summit. Took me about 3 hours up and 2 back down. Nice views of Mt. Shasta (although my pictures don't show it well).

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