Drove down from Portland the day before. I heard about the expected low temps in the low 20s so I stayed in Medford for the night. Left the trailhead at 8:00am the next morning. It was 23 deg. & clear skies. A dusting of snow at the trailhead to several inches near the summit. The summit didn't have much accumulation but did have some wind blown rime coating the summit blocks. 5-Hour round trip including 30-min at the summit. Long drive from Portland for this climb only...next time (weather permitting) I'll plan a couple of other peaks in the area.
A fun hike with great views. Lot of people on the trail, but then it was Labor Day. Perfect weather.
The day after Shasta, I climbed McLoughlin starting on the trail and quickly moving to the snow slope on the left of the route. It must have been a good snow year b/c this year, there wasn't any. Not a bad view for such a quick and easy climb.
Lots of haze in the air from forest fires, but was still able to make out all 3 sisters and had a great view of shasta. Bouldering up the left hand side of the SE ridge was fun.
Peak 2 of the 4 day trip. Started overcast but soon turned to brilliant sunshine. First one to the summit but was soon followed by three others and two more were headed up as we were returning. A busy peak.
McLoughlin may be fairly easy in the summer, but it is another mountain in the winter. We snowshoed into one of the little lakes and stayed the night on the snow. We didn't quite make it to the top the next day because it started raining, but it was still quite the experience.
Lovely hike up the trail as "dessert" after Shasta 2 days previously.
Great views from the ridge to the summit but there are a lot of trees to get through before you get there. The views only appear in the last 350 metres of a 1,200 metre climb.
Clouds of butterflies, sun, no wind and 360° views from the summit to accompany lunch and a nap. Shasta to the south. Diamond, Thielson and S Sister to the north all in view.
4.25 Hours up and 3.5 down as we almost ran the last 3 km to keep ahead of the clouds of mozzies that were biting even through 2 layers of DEET. The only negative in an otherwise perfect day.
Fun in early season with snow. Started at PCT from highway for bonus coverage. "Rescued" some compass-less SOU students who got a little lost in the trees on the descent.
Fun hike. There were quiet a few bees on the summit, they were going after me and my peanut butter and jelly. Other than that, it was a great climb.
This must be what Alaska is like. Literally Clouds of Mosquitos, from the car all the way to timberline. Nice mountain, though. Sultry day. The heavens opened up on the way down and helped clean off the DEET. But lots of thunder and lightning.
My Dad took my brother Lynn and I up when we were 8 and 10 respectively. I believe I complained a lot. On top, Lynn and I tried to convice ourselves we could see the Wallowas in the distance--maybe Paulina. Two falcons were circling the mountain off and on all day, the first falcons I had seen close enough to tell what they were myself. Exact day not recorded--late summer 1961. The map we had claimed the summit was almost 10,000 feet.
The last bit of the peak was pretty steep.
nice solo with a bivy above treeline. I picked a harder version so I could make use of both tools, while the mutt followed the ridge and met me on top.
Climbed Mt. McLoughlin with my college's outdoor program in September 1978. I remember it as being pretty easy. It was crowded, too. I almost accidentally climbed it again a couple of years later. I went out for a solo hike near Lake of the Woods and found myself on the Mt. McLoughlin trail, got lost in thought and found myself fairly high up on the mountain. I decided since I'd come this far to go for it. I was completely unprepeared for serious hiking, let alone climbing. While resting, another party came by and offered me water. I realized that I was being foolish and abandoned the attempt.
I last climbed Mt Mcloughlin in late september of last year. It had stormed the day and night before. It left the mountain with a light snow cover (very nice) but limited views. I returned with an earlier date in mind and a couple of new climbing buddies.
We were rewarded with a perfect day not to warm and a lite breeze. we started at 7;15 A.M. and summited at 11:00 A.M. to a top notch view of southern oregon with The great Mt Shasta on the southern horizon.
another cascade volcano to add to my bag. the trail fades out as you make the ridge. stay close to the top of the ridge to avoid the soft ash below. the views from the summit are inspiring.
Parked at higway 140, still four feet of snow at parking area. AT skied in the road to trailhead, followed standard route to summit. Got a azimuth on a direct path back to car. Follow approximate AZ of 150°. Had no problem carving turns for about 3500+ of vertical back to the car. AWESOME is all I can say.
About 8 feet or more of snow towards the summit... Heard what sounded like a bear growl while approaching the highway... shit myself, good thing I had my leatherman..LOL
From the photos on SP of this peak I'm glad I did it in the winter, much easier going.
Camped at Four Mile Lake. Followed the trail to the highest point and sang about the view!
First 3 miles flat, last 2, straight up, very fun