Haypress - McCash Loop

Orleans, California 95556

Haypress - McCash Loop

Haypress - McCash Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The Haypress Trail leads deep into the Marble Mountains Wilderness and passes through the scene of a recent forest fire, where hikers can witness nature healing itself. Higher up, the trail travels through a series of alpine meadows before climbing a steep slope and returning along the McCash Loop. This return route highlights the loop’s exposed ridge and panoramic views. But there are only a few sources of water along the ridge portion of the trail, so be sure to come prepared. Fill up your water bottle before you get there, or bring enough to last the entire trip. Also, be aware that hunting season begins in September. Terrain: Dirt path through dense conifer forest, across alpine meadows, and along exposed ridges."

Haypress - McCash Loop Reviews

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We hiked this earlier this week. We started at the Haypress parking area and attempted to take the Torgeson route from the south end of the Haypress to the top end of the McCash Loop. We thought we must be close to the McCash loop but never found it and could follow the Torgeson trail no further north. We turned around and hiked back to the trailhead. Overall it was a 10 mile trip. Nice scenery where you can see some of the forest regenerating after past fires. Would be a nice trip to camp overnight and take the McCash Loop or some of the other trails that lead off the Haypress and McCash loop. Several nice small streams were running water even though it was very dry.
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We day hiked from the Stanshaw Trailhead to Haypress Meadows, and then continued on to Half Moon Meadows. That's a bit over 5 miles from the trailhead. The trail was in good condition, with no logs down across it at all. From the trailhead the trail climbs gently then descends and continues through the Red Fir forest, up and down, and along pretty sub alpine meadows. On our late July hike it was warm and dry. There was still water in the larger creeks. The fires of 2008 missed the Stanshaw Meadows area. Only when you reach Haypress Meadows do you see some of the effects of the fire. The trail from Haypress to Half Moon Meadows is in and out of the burned area. Most of the forest we saw was not burned badly. Most of the trees appeared to be healthy this summer; one year later. It looks like some of the trails have been freshly maintained since last year’s burn. A very nice hike. I would be curious to hear about how much the fires damaged the further extents of these trails?
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Great elevation gain with minimal pain. Wonderful ridge views and beautiful terrain. Many downed trees on the trail, most of which our arthritic canine companion was able to navigate around, under or over. We encountered several groups and individuals on horseback. We enjoyed a good camp spot at meteor lake, but poor swimming (silty). Advise camping at one-mile lake, which was very refreshingly swimmable and had good lakeside camping. Overall a wonderful 3-day hike for us.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,712 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
2 days
May be closed from November through June due to snow
Season & Limits
4,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,900 feet
Top Elevation
Klamath National Forest, Orleans Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Somes Bar, Ukonom Mountain, Ukonom Lake
Local Maps