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Mount McLoughlin

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Mount McLoughlin

Mount McLoughlin Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Located in the heart of volcano country, 9,495-foot Mount McLoughlin rises above the pristine Sky Lakes Wilderness. It’s a difficult trek to the top of this Cascade volcano.

Along the way you pass through a scenic forest of Douglas fir and western red cedar and have many opportunities to view the lakes of the surrounding wilderness area. While you’re in the area, be sure to visit Crater Lake National Park, located about 75 miles to the north via OR 62."

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Medford, OR
Adventurer | 240 pts
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10/1/2011
o.k. this might just be the mt. everest of southern oregon. there is a $5. fee at the trail head, it was so dark when i started i did not see it, got a pay it ticket, payed it there, i am 59 years old and this is not just a hike , this hike will get in your head. looking up at a 45 degree angle, then hiking for an hour and the view is the same, like a salad, you just keep eating away at it, and it keeps getting bigger. to make a long story short, leave the trail head early, by 8am take your time, i was going it along, i did see other people on the trail, when i got to about 7800 feet the wind picked up from 30 to 50 mph, not snowing, but was as good a white out as you could get, in the clouds. waited 30 min. and said live to hike another day, did here the next day people did get lost on the mountain and search and rescue was called out. take extra water if it is hot and drop it off on the way up for on the way back down. going back up next weekend if the snow has not come. after hiking this, you will have a different outlook on other hikes, we have been doing 8-10 milers, after this one hiking a dirt trail is easy, starting to look at 10-14 milers.
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Klamath Falls, OR
Explorer | 21 pts
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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Barbara I. Bond
"One of the highest Cascade peaks, Mount McLoughlin towers above the densely forested Sky Lakes Wilderness in southern Oregon. This wilderness area features hundreds of glacial tarns, lakes, and ponds surrounded by mountains, ridges, and glacial moraines. Near the southern border of the wilderness, Mount McLoughlin shows the ravages of glacial ice on its northern and eastern exposures. A young volcano by Cascade standards, Mount McLoughlin is a composite volcano, similar to its former neighbor Mount Mazama. The Mount McLoughlin Trail begins in the Winema National Forest and crosses into the Rogue River National Forest halfway to the peak at about 2.3 miles. Special considerations: In early season you may need crampons and/or ice ax."
Best Dog Hikes Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
"This is a magnificent hike to the top of southern Oregon’s highest and most beloved volcano. The ascent of southern Oregon’s Fujiyama is a major undertaking. Both you and your dog need to be physically fit and outfitted for this trek, the most difficult hike included in this book, but the experience will be worth it! The McLoughlin Trail rises 3,777 feet in 4.9 miles. Soaring altitude and a final mile that ascends 1,641 feet over arduous terrain make McLoughlin far more difficult even than other nearby volcanoes with a similar gradient and elevation gain. The trail’s first 2.0 miles ascend only about 800 feet, gently exploring a deep woods of white fir, Shasta red fir, white pine, and mountain hemlock. It joins the Pacific Crest Trail from the south after 0.9 mile. At the end of the path’s only long, level stretch, the PCT peels off northward at mile 1.4. In between, the short Freye Lake Trail takes o ff to the right. It’s 5 minutes to Freye Lake, but few people bother to expend the energy when there’s a volcano to climb."
Hiking Southern Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Art Bernstein and Zach Urness
"A magnificent hike to the top of southern Oregon’s highest and most beloved volcano. The ascent of southern Oregon’s Fujiyama is a major undertaking. The McLoughlin Trail rises 3,900 feet in 4.9 miles. Soaring altitude and a final mile that climbs 1,641 feet over arduous terrain make McLoughlin far more difficult than other hikes with a similar gradient and elevation gain. There is no water or any good place to camp on the trail. Horse travel is not allowed. Forest service descriptions of this trail all begin at the Pacific Crest Trail parking area just off OR 140, which adds 1.5 miles to the route. In its fine pamphlet on climbing the mountain, the forest service warns against false trails and recommends following the blazes on rocks and trees as well as the actual trail, especially on the way down. This is VERY good advice."

Trail Information

Klamath Falls
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
11
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6 to 8 hours
Duration
July through Oct
Season
Umpqua National Forest
Local Contacts
Maptech CD: Siskiyou National Forest/ Crater Lake/Medford, OR; USGS: Mount McLoughlin
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