Thomas E. on Mount McLoughlin Trail
Forgot to mention, sunset in Klamath Falls, 39 miles away, was set for about 4:48 pm...the trail was getting dark at 3:30 pm. I ended up jogging the last 20 or so minutes.
Thomas E. on Mount McLoughlin Trail
Fantastic hike for it being November...snow at the top, but not bad yet. Windy and cold though.
took this train in early- mid September and only a few other hikers on the trail. we had Lake Harriette to ourselves and it was completely beautiful! Lake Como was an amazing turquoise!
the uphill all the way to Harriette is an awesome workout. will definitely do this trail again. just about 8 downed trees to climb over or go around...pretty clear.
I am not sure how the trail description comes up with 7.6 miles round trip; from the trail-head on NFR 365 to the summit and back is a bit under 10 miles.
Still, with about 3900 feet of elevation gain and a summit a tad under 10K feet, this is a nice work-out. I won't comment about the views: I could only see due East as the rest was under a see of clouds which, of course, is another to enjoy and experience a summit.
McLoughlin did not feel like a very hard summit to reach (even for these 60 years old legs) this could be due to the fact that the approach is rather short (about 3 miles) and the climb is half under the treeline, which means that the summit is not that far away when it is finally visible. The amount of scree is also significantly under what one has to go through when climbing South Sister or even Diamond Peak.
Rather than the scree, what made the hike harder for me was the fact that most of the last 2 miles is a very rocky path; very demanding and unforgiving on ankles and hips.
Nevertheless a very beautiful mountain to climb and one that I will remember every time I drive I5 near Medford (it is superbly visible from the highway, driving South, on a clear day).
Great hike with the family! Late August and it was probably 65-75 degrees. My six year old son apparently found it difficult. He hurled twice. After that he was fine. Hiked with 4 kids, ages 15, 13, 11, and 6. We took our time. Left the bottom at 9:20. Got back to the car at 7:10. Spent about an hour at the top. Lots of breaks along the way. Still plenty light when we got back to the car. The last bit was definitely the hardest. Used my hands frequently to help keep myself going forward. I'm not fond of heights, and was slightly nervous, but most of the time when I could see over the edge it wasn't a drop. Just a steep slope. Easy to get off the trail near the top, but the bottom is MUCH improved from June. In June, there were downed trees all over the trail.
Great day! Beautiful views!
Made it to summit yesterday. Started from PCT trailhead which made for at least an 18 mile day, so it was challenging to say the least. You have to want this one. Trail is rocky but clear for the most part. Everyone out there reminds everyone going up to keep Four Mile Lake in constant view on the way down. Took my eyes off it for a couple minutes and got off trail for a few. Beautiful forest, challenging mountain. Start early, takes lots of water and have extra water to chug in car on the way back! Sunscreen, good shoes, trekking poles helped me!
This might have been the most awful trail I have ever hiked. The blow down is so much that it is almost impracticable. I did the 13.7 miles because, frankly there is nothing in between except for logs. Every 50 feet you have to go over, under or around these snags. At places there are so many that you have to climb to higher ground to try and see where does the trail continue. Once you spot it you'll have to plan how to rejoin it through the downed trees. Contrary to the description, there are no scenic views to the exception of a single spot that gives you a glimpse of the valley. There is nothing else to see besides downed trees and at the end there is a lake. That is it. Oh, and the mosquitoes. The most frustrating hike I have ever done.
We hiked this trail for National Trail Day. It was still pretty early in the season up there, so the mosquito situation wasn't too bad yet. The trailhead is within the Four Mile Lake camp area, and the road up there is gravel, about 1.5 cars wide, and well maintained. As another reviewer mentioned, you start on the Badger Trail, which eventually forks into the Squaw Lake trail. Because we went so early in June, there was still a lot of snow on the trail, and at one point, a section of the trail was washed out with melting snow. We made it about a half-mile past Orris and Norris ponds before hitting a large stretch of snow that we didn't feel like post-holing through. I was disappointed not to make it to the Squaw Lake goal, so maybe we'll try it again later in the summer.