hiking
flooded
icy
muddy
snow
10 days ago

Beautiful hike! Can be difficult this time of the year due to the 10+feet of snow. Be careful you will fall threw in most places. Other then that the lakes are amazing!

hiking
snow
12 days ago

I went on May 23rd and there was just a little too much snow on the road to the trail head - from highway 140 - to make it all the way in my rwd car with 6 inches of ground clearance. There’s a bridge at the beginning of the hike that’s closed because it’s rotting. It’s encouraged that one uses the pacific crest trail to get on the mount McLaughlin trail. Someone who isn’t me weighs about 210 lbs and felt safe crossing the bridge by themselves. There was non-stop snow coverage about 2 miles into the hike and it was really challenging to stay on the trail after about 2.5 miles, 3 miles into the hike it was too challenging to stay on the trail so I turned back. Will definitely be back when the snow melts.

hiking
blowdown
icy
off trail
snow
12 days ago

Great trail. Easy to follow for the first two miles then the trail becomes difficult to follow at certain points. Snow is pretty deep at certain spots in the springs. Tough hike through the snow but the lake was worth it.

hiking
fee
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Stellar weather today! Beautiful views you have to WORK for. The last two miles to the summit are not a “walk up”, as the app suggests. They are often hand-over-foot scrambling and hikers should be prepared for it. The views are worth it though! We could see Thielsen to the north and Shasta stood in full glory to the south. A few inches of snow is left in the shade, and the trail following the ridge is fairly dangerous if taken in the shade on the north side (plus it’s windier there!). If following the south side of the ridge keep as close to the top of the ridge as possible both going up and going down, and look for white dots, occasional wire, and a couple of pink arrows. On the way down it should feel like you’re looking right over 4 mile lake when it’s time to turn right and head down. Leave a note or trinket in the summit register box- one of my favorite things about this climb. For fun, my son and I took a side trip to Freye lake on the return trip. What a nice surprise it was. My recording stopped before my hike was over, due to low battery. My Garmin recorded 10 miles including Freye lake, the shortest distance I’ve done for McLoughlin out of three times.

Hiked 09/11/2019 Trail conditions were perfect, make sure you stay high on the ridgeline while descending. There are a lot of fake downhills from where rocks fell or other people got confused. Stay high on the ridge and head towards four mile lake.

7 months ago

Nice day hike. Super easy trail. There was lots of ice and most of the smaller lakes were frozen. Some snow on the trail. I would highly recommend this hike. Very enjoyable.

hiking
bugs
rocky
7 months ago

Great hike...did it twice in July. Challenging and long day...fun though!

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Hiked 10/27.. there was a tree down on the NF Road 3650 that leads to the trailhead from HWY... NF road 3661 is open. 50+ mph winds from the ridge line to the summit and felt like 10°.. this was a good test with these conditions but be dressed accordingly. Took 7 hours total and a little more than 11 miles

hiking
7 months ago

To find the trailhead, follow the signs for ‘Trailhead Parking’. The trailhead parking is around the campsite loop to the other side. There will be a trailhead sign that says ‘Badger Lake Trail’. So you’ll follow that trail (it’ll go by some campsites with the road on your right.) Then you’ll come to another set of signs directing you to take Badger Lake Trail left, or keep going for PCT. You’ll keep straight until you come to another junction pointing left for PCT/Squaw Lake, or right for Campground, so take the trail left and you’ll stay on this trail all the way to Squaw Lake about 2 miles. You’ll pass a couple more lakes along the way as well. It’s a very easy, level trail. Quite beautiful!

Great trail. Nice easy grade.

Nice trail in a breathtaking area. Worth the trip for all the great views

Reviews made me nervous about getting off trail but it really wasn’t that bad (without snow). I had a gps but didn’t have to use it. Note, the white dots you follow are small but just follow the ridge line at the top (basically keeping 4 mile lake in sight). Going up is not terrible if you’re in shape, may need to use all 4s occasionally. Going down on the scree is what made this hike hard. Summit time 3.5 hr, descent 3 hrs. Overall, great hike. I’d do it again!

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
8 months ago

Did this hike yesterday. I knew it was rated difficult, but had no idea just how physically taxing it would be. The last few miles are brutal, and it's super easy to lose the trail. There are tiny white dots, like from a bingo blotter, along rocks to follow. And a few cairns. Stay along the ridge. The snow made it rough to climb along the cliff, bring gloves because you end up using your hands on the final climb and the ice made it real cold. Lunch on top of the world with incredible views takes your mind off the super steep, snowy, rocky descent you have coming. Bring a jacket so you can enjoy the top without freezing.

on High Lakes Trail

mountain biking
8 months ago

A couple trees down blocking the trail on the west side toward fish of the lake otherwise nice riding

this was a beautiful hike and great for bringing your dog. not many people around this time of year, and no bugs! I tried this trail in July and the mosquitoes were horrid. went again begining of September and was pretty windy and rained on my group but we didn't care since it was so beautiful at the lake. Trail is well marked and well maintained.

IG: chateauduphenix As many have written in their reviews, this is a bigtime elevation hike in the last 1.5 miles. You know something big is coming when your first 3 miles only gains about 700 feet. The water recommendations are spot on at a minimum of 2 liters. I especially like the Pedialyte suggestion and am gonna try that in the future. For this hike, I summited in 3 hours with a 2:45 descent. I veered off the ridge to the right, but found my way back to the main trail using visuals and my gps. This veering made for some offtrail fun but also added time to the descent. All worth it in the end. Was pretty wiped when I got back to trailhead, mostly because I did 23 miles and 4700 elevation gain the day before. Hit In-n-Out Burger in Medford about 45 minutes away for 4 cheeseburgers & 2 fries. It tastes even better after a wicked hike like this one. Oh, at the very last 200 feet before summit, you can choose boulders or scree. Just don't fall off the edge, otherwise your hike won't be as fun.

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