Mount McLoughlin

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Mount McLoughlin is the highest mountain in southern Oregon. From the south, it appears to be a symmetrical, non-eroded volcanic cone, but from the north or east it is obvious that a large portion of the peak is missing. This was caused by glacial erosion from the last major ice age. McLoughlin is not well known outside of southern Oregon, but it is a dominant landmark in this area, easily seen from Medford or Klamath Falls. Mount McLoughlin is a young volcano, having been dormant for probably the last 2000 years.

Elevation (feet): 9,495
Elevation (meters): 2,894
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Oregon
Latitude: 42.444551
Longitude: -122.316027
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Thanks to David Stockton for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 21 trip reports for Mount McLoughlin.

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  • Log #21756 - by rick on Aug 19, 2009
    this is a beautiful but highly challenging hike due to the nature of the volcanic terrain. its a 11 mile app'.round-hike which is not a great distance. However, the trail basically disappears as you...
  • Log #21471 - by Gary W. Guyot on Oct 13, 2008
    Very nice. suprising veiws north from the trais as you hit the craters rim about 900 feet in elevation from the top.
  • Log #9450 - by Web Staunton on Sep 22, 2004
    Summited with three other friends. 3hrs 45 min to summit from trail head, 2hrs 15 min down, There was about 1 inch of new snow at the trail head and about 6 inches on top. Although this was my first...
  • Log #9451 - by Charles Moresi on July 02, 2004
    It was a beatiful day. There was still some snow on the trail.
  • Log #9452 - by Justin Tyler on Sep 28, 2003
    Easy hike up to summit trail. Beautiful area and beautiful day. Hike to summit is fairly simple and few people are on this mountain. New climbers would benefit from this climb.
  • Log #9453 - by Paul Beattie on June 24, 2003
    Great climb, slept under the stars. Didn't see anyone else the entire time I was on the mountain, which was an interesting change of pace. Real nice early season peak.
  • Log #9455 - by G. McLoughlin on Dec 01, 2002
    Three McLoughlins attained the summit of Mt. McLoughlin. We climbed it on a bright, sunny day, although the view from the top was somewhat reduced by the smoke of the tragic, record-setting forest...
  • Log #9456 - by Rhonda Nelson on Aug 19, 2002
    Our group of 5 from Washington left the trailhead at 5:30 am and hike through the forest with our headlamps. We ended up reaching the summit via the scree field left of the ridge. We descended down...
  • Log #9457 - by steve pratt on Aug 18, 2002
    For the adventurous, approach via forest service road 400 on the west side(Rogue River Natl. Forest map was accurate). End of the road is only 2mi. from summit, but cross-country terrain (i.
  • Log #9458 - by Craig Gerke on Jan 24, 2002
    The first time I climbed there was so much snow I could not find the trail above timberline, and did not reach the summit. It became dark on the hike back down. I suggest starting early in the day...
  • Log #9459 - by Ron Jones on Aug 29, 2001
    I Climbed the Mt as a Boy Scout leader and was usually accompanied by 4 to 8 teenage boys including my sons.On one occasion I climbed it two and a half time in one day to help evacuate injured...
  • Log #9460 - by Darin McMichael on July 22, 2001
    Hit the trail about 9:15 am. The five and half mile trail to the summitt took me about 3.5 hours. The first 2/3 of the hike through the timber wasn't too challenging. Once I broke out of the timber...
  • Log #9461 - by Bryan R. Simpson on May 13, 2001
    A great mountain to have fun. Hike and ski, snow camp, Great views all around. I would suggest a gps. the trip back to the truck will go faster.
  • Log #9462 - by Steve Pratt on May 12, 2001
    I'm not sure there's a good way to do this in the winter/spring. We came in from the south - patchy snow, downed trees, a real chore. Then we left snowshoes at 7500' and post-holed up to the SE...
  • Log #9463 - by GuyMorrow on Mar 17, 2001
    The Forest Service stated it was a difficult climb and it was, although very rewarding. I climbed this great mountain with my Dad and Brother in August, on a bright and wonderful sunny day. My advice...
  • Log #9464 - by Marc Ouellet on Oct 22, 2000
    Beautifull day!....But windy! 60miles/hr+ wind. 5-6" of snow. Conditions excellent!
  • Log #9465 - by Don Gilman on Mar 28, 2000
    I first climbed Mcloughlin on sept 2nd, 1999, with my friend Mike. We started out at about 7:30 in the morning on a beautiful, clear day. As we walked through the forest, we could hear a jet...
  • Log #9466 - by Paul Arnett on Feb 24, 2000
    It was a beautiful day for climbing, the sun was out and the wind was gently blowing just enough to keep us from getting hot. The trip to the summit was great, the views above timberline were...
  • Log #9467 - by Tadashi Anno on July 08, 1999
    A beautiful mountain to climb, especially early in the season, when the upper mountain is covered by snow. Beware of mosquitoes -- they'll keep you company all the way up to the timberline.
  • Log #9468 - by David Hendricks on June 07, 1999
    Ascended into a cloud bank, and summited midst a raging windstorm with the clouds swirling around us. The descent seemed to take forever, but the sun was shining by the time we returned to the car....
  • Log #9469 - by David Stockton on May 27, 1999
    I made my first trip to the top of Mount McLoughlin on a hot, sunny day in early October 1993. You reach the summit by way of a 6-mile trail heavily strewn with boulders. Most of the way is through...