Climbed to the summit in a little over 4 hrs. Great ski down the upper part of the mountain, but ended up descending the wrong way and wound up at Four Mile Lake. A couple miles of hiking on snow-covered roads brought me back to the car in a little over 7 hrs round trip.
Access roads were still snowed in so a long approach from the Summit SnoPark. Beautiful sunny cool day provided excellent views from the top.
Beautiful trip up from the lot and screaming descent on the board.
Climbed in snowing conditions with my wife Anna and enjoyed a memorable 100 ft. of visibility on the summit; interestingly enough, we were not alone! The trail (painted dot route) above treeline is difficult to follow if not a crappy route in general; we moved quickly once deciding to stay on the rocks near ridge line while ascending. On the descent, we again attempted to follow the "painted dot route", but lost it a few times. A word of warning: don't be stupid and descend below the dot route; you may get lost like a few people that day and/or find yourself surfing on some loose as hell scree -- if you loose the route on descent, just traverse to the ridge and you will certainly pick it up again. We both thought the route was enjoyable despite the weather however the people we saw climing in shorts and cotton T's might have a different opinion. This was my 5th Cascade Volcano.
This is my third time summiting Mt. McLoughlin. Surprisingly this year there was a lot of snow (previous years I had done it on October 14th the previous year). Luckily the trail wasn't too bad to start (patches of snow in places), up to the shoulder of the ridge at around 8000 feet. From there the snow got progressively deeper until the summit which was around 3-4 feet deep (for the last 50-100 feet). Not a bad climb for someone in shape...I enjoy doing it every year.
Update: Found the pictures from the first ascent and now I have the date of that.
The weather in Oregon has been really cruddy the entire month of June, so the 4th of July weekend was perfect for a quick scramble. Zero clouds and almost no wind on the summit; was perfect with the view easily extending to Shasta and the Three Sisters.
I may have sort of sandbaged my friend Abby a little on this trip. The weather was worse than expected, especially for wearing a t-shirt and shorts, and the mosquitos were kamikaze! But the climb was fun and a fellow climber shared the most delicious mango with me on the summit.
Fun XC ski ascent and descent with a friend.
Instead of signing individual climbing logs, I will just put the rest of my ascents in one spot. Did MM three more times, twice with friends and one with Eugene Mountain Rescue looking for a climber who, unfortunately, had died on the mountain. On my last trip, summited with Dave M., then drove to Pilot Rock and climbed that a few hours later.
This was my 1st climb of McLoughlin, and was a fun trip. The most memorable things that happened were that on the way, an f-18 flew RIGHT above us, must have only been 100' above tree level, one of the most deafening sounds I have ever heard, and then, there was a small cloud hovering over the summit the whole day, and I was so paranoid about lightning after being chased off Black Crater by a thunderstorm a few weeks earlier, I was terrified of actually reaching the summit and when I did I only spent a few minutes on top before heading down.
First time I tried to stay on the trail and had a terrible time with the scree. Second Time I just went up the ridge sticking to the rocks and had a much more enjoyable hike.
my wilderness partner, Cindy Thaw & I hiked up the standard trail to the summit on a most wonderfully warm,& beautiful day ! Shasta, Thielson were in great clear view ! thanx Cindy !
planned on a backpacking trip, reached about 8000ft at dusk. Made camp. Most interesting wind storm moved our steaked-in tent 4 ft with us in it thru the night... rain and approaching storm turned us down with only a little left to go. easy hike. will return in summers to come
After being turned around on the first attempt due to a whiteout. The summit was attained a year later. Love the views from here
Hit the trailhead at 9:30; a little later than usual but a nice breeze picked up to cool us off once we broke the treeline. Finished in seven hours, which included several breaks on the way up and at the summit. Would avoid this on the weekends due to non-mountainy types who weren't exactly feelin' the love.
Came down to Ashland to visit my brother and climb around the Ashland and Medford area. We left his apartment at four and started the hike at 5:20am. We were going to make the climb the day before but was not sure about the parking permits. Bought one at the ranger station but found out later there are permits at the TH. Summited in about four and a half hours. Great view on an almost perfect day! Tripped on the way down and scuffed up my knee a bit. Made it back down in three hours.
This hike with the boys was their Father's Day obligation to me. Started up the trail at 0745 with Jill, Kyle, and Rico. Reached summit a little before 1. It was cold in the am, but warm on the descent and the mosquitoes definitely had woken up on our way back.
Skinned from along Four Mile Lake Rd (3650) with kjack, r3, and gravsers. Fun ski down on fine corn. Glad to have GPS to return to vehicle and cold miller.
...but I lost my hat.