First 3 miles flat, last 2, straight up, very fun
The hike began on a saturday morning. It had rained buckets through the night as I slumber at the trail head. I am met in the morning by two fellow climbers. The conditions are not great. We hike forward despite the fickle weather. We came along four other climbing parties on the way up. two groups turned around. Another had spent the night up high on the mountain, they were making a hasty retreat. Lastly a party of two climbers would break trail through late summer snows and we followed. The light snow cover made walking up the scree quite managable. The scree is normally the descent route. The views of the surrounding countryside were intermittant. The previous nights storm was retreating slowly. The views from the summit were like the view from the window seat of a jet airliner travling through heavy clouds. We ate lunch with a visiting pine marten. I am certainly looking forward to a return trip during more stable weather.
Winter 1976 skied up from the highway, very long day. 1979 Hiked in on trail in june, snow at the top
My wife and I summited on the 3rd and then climbed down to about 8,000 elevation or so and camped overnight. The sunset was amazing as the sun cast a shadow of the mountain over the Southern valley. The sky was gorgeous, the stars were amazing and the sunrise was equally great. Great views of the surrounding lakes (Fourmile Lake, Lake of the Woods, Fish Lake, and Klamath Lake). Great view Southwest of Mt. Shasta, views East of Mt. Thielsen, Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, and the Crater Lake Rim. Other mountains were seen that I have not yet identified. Definately a worthwhile climb.
Nice dayhike and wonderful weather. A bit hazy but view fairly nice. Just an all-around pleasant day. Took the fast sandy slope down before realizing I was way off route and spent more than 30 minutes traversing back through boulders and forest to get back to the trail. Round-trip at an average pace took just under 5 hrs.
Climbed with Miguel and Andrew as a warm-up for Casaval Ridge the next day. Cold, windy, and no views this day.
Climbed in winter conditions with my dad. Could be done in a day by a fit person- we camped- which was great too. HUGE cornices on the right side of ridge. I walked 20 feet away from the edge on the way up thinking that was safe- but on the way back down, my tracks were on the wrong side of a sixty-foot long fracture. Closer inspection let me see through the fracture all the way to the bottom of the bowl! Lucky me for sure. A beautiful climb
Climbed with awagher and Matthew Holliman. It rained and hailed until 8:00am that morning. At 8:35am, we decided to go for it anyways. Quite windy on the east ridge (albeit Mt. McLoughlin Trail). Car-to-car in 5 hours. Then, we drove into Klamath Falls for pizza and then we headed to Mount Shasta to climb Casaval Ridge next day.
Good day out. 5hrs round round trip with forjan and Mathew Holliman.
Tough, Tough scree climb from Fourmile Lake. This was my 7th time up Mt. McLoughlin.
Out of shape, took 7.5 hours up and 4.5 hours down
Half way up, gave water to two kids who were coming down alone, no shirts?? Took the snow field and saved a lot of jarring and time on the way down. Anything with stoneworks built on top seems too low to be proud of.
Arriving @ 4-Mile Lake (the nearest official campground) @ 3.15 the night before (the morning of?!), waking up @ 7.00, starting early was deemed 2ndary, & I left the TH (~5560') @ 9.11.
The 1st half of the journey worked progressively upwards through the forest, maintaining a steady (but not too steep) incline. The 2nd half was considerably steeper, including some 3rd class as well as steep sand-crawling sections. There were beautiful views on the way up, however. Mt. Thielsen could be made out (@ the summit, anyway), the rolling, heavily-forested Oregon Cascades (all volcanic- not what I was used to!) were all around, several mid-sized lakes were visible, & (at least on the ascent) Mt. Shasta made its presence felt to the S, its tall head rising above the clouds at its base, revealing its might & majesty. The weather was wonderful, being a bit on the warm side.
Arrived @ the summit @ 12.01, descending @ 14.34. Descent uneventful, & reached the TH @ 16.45.
All in all, a beautiful & nice hike. A great intro' to Oregon!
Camped next to the parking lot after a late arrival in the dark. Woke the next morning to crisp weather and a start about 8:30. Weather was exceptionally nice for early fall. The drive through Medford reveiled 92 degree heat.
It is the most rocky trail I have ever seen. Like a river bed at times. Enjoyed the large boulder hopping towards the top much more than the scree. We were able to make it down about a thousand feet without getting on any scree. Tennis shoes were awesome, expecially ones with sticky rubber. Great view from the top including Shasta, Mt. Ashland, Thielsen, South Sister. Good climb to do once if you don't live in the area.
Weather couldn't have been better, but got a little warm (103 in Medford). Had to share the summit with two other climbers. If we left 15 minutes earlier, that wouldn't have been the case. Passed at least 30 on the way down. I would suggest an early start. Mosquitoes were really bad on the approach trail.
Climbed this one twice before - 7/25/00 and 8/24/97 but this was the the most enjoyable due to weather and getting an earlier start and not having to bust my ass getting back before dark!
The upper trail still sucks - what's with all that money we pay for passes!? We get a nice sign and an outhouse at the trailhead - is that it?
Ok, just had to vent a little - I could go on forever about that one..
2:15 up and 1:25 down. plus about a half hour at the summit to enjoy the view. Passed about 50 people this trip - the mountain is sure getting popular.
Hiked with my dad and his wife. An amazing summit with spectacular views. Weather was perfect. A bit of scramble at the top.
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.
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.
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!
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.