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.
First I'm not sure where the normal place to start this hike is at, but we started at the Pumice Flat trailhead in Crater Lake. The hike was 14 miles. I'm not sure where you start to get a 10 mile hike. We took Pumice Flat trail to the PCT for about a hundred yards and then another trail down to Stuart Falls. It's a pretty water fall, but it is one heck of a hike. Bring some water. I brought a filtered water bottle and brought some of the fall water back to drink.
this was a beautiful hike even though we didn't get to finish due to the mosquitoes. there are a lot of them in July so don't forget your big spray. also the path is quite narrow on some spots so makes strollers very hard to control. all in all my family of 5 really enjoyed it.
The Mount McLoughlin trail is a beautiful one, but definitely isn't for the faint of heart! It's a hard trail, and it's extremely easy to get lost on the way back down. We ended up getting lost, but ended up being able to eventually navigate back down. Be careful! The end has a pretty high incline, and it definitely kicks your butt! This trail is an awesome one if you're training, or want to push yourself a little more while hiking. Watch out for rolling or unstable rocks at the top, and take your time as the sediment and sand up there can be quite slippery. The view is beautiful and gives a lovely view of multiple lakes at the summit.
This was the most frustraing hike I've ever done. I hiked it to train for an upcoming thru hike in the Sierras, but it was not worth the effort. Expect to get lost on your way up and back down several times; it's not as easy as "follow the ridge." There are cairns, ribbons/string, and spray paint marks everywhere leading in all different directions, and this app's map was at least 30 feet off, telling me to head toward a sheer cliff of snow! I had to figure out my own way up and back down. Keep Lake of the Woods in sight on your right @8600 feet when you're coming down or you might end up getting lost, searched for, and rescued in the forest/volcano boulder fields. The views were nice, but there are equally nice views from other nearby areas, IMO (My boyfriend just did this hike and disagrees with me on that, though). I did find that the forested area was fun and had some great views of the lakes at the top, but the peak views weren't as amazing as I was expecting. Above treeline (which takes FOREVER to get to, btw), you'll take 2 or 3 steps forward then slide back 1. Add the altitude and it becomes a very exhausting game. Don't wear any "nice" hiking clothes because you will very likely slip and trip until you get off the mountain. Back in the woods, the mosquitos are vicious. I wore a longleeve dress with bugsaway tights, a mosquito headnet, and DEET on my exposed skin. My boyfriend just wore shorts and a tee shirt and has over 30 bites, and he's still finding new ones a week later! I highly recommend wearing trail running gaiters; mine kept so much sand out of my shoes. The volcanic dirt above treeline is very deep. I also highly recommend bringing a lot of sun protection and water. I brought 3L, drank about 2 just on my way up! Definitely wear good trail shoes. I wore my Altra trail runners, and while they were comfortable, every rock I kicked or slipped on (especially on the way down) ended up tearing up the fabric and bruising my toes.
And finally, parking is $5 cash only!!! I didn't see this information anywhere online and had no cash, so I would've been SOL had the ranger not shown up and allowed me to not pay. He was very kind. I told him I'd pay double next time I do this trip, but you will NEVER see me on that volcano ever again.
Beautiful drive, gravel road up to the trailhead. Unfortunately at this time of year the mosquitos are brutal. As soon as I stepped out of the car, they swarmed me from all sides and flooded into the car. I shut the door with some stragglers surely trapped inside and hiked for about a half mile and then went straight back to the car. I stopped at a creek about 3 miles from Hwy 140 and walked around. It was pleasant and there were not as many blood sucking bugs down there. I will try this one again sometime in the fall. I really want to see lake notasha!
Great hike! Little confusing to get to trail head. But basically you turn off on a dirt road from 140. Go down a mile or so before turning left at the signs. Then, turn right when you can. There's a stop sign on the right. Take that to the top where there's a trailhead sign. We just went to where the loop around the lake began and back. 8.8 miles.