Climbing Mt. Mcloughlin Responsibly

McLoughlin Peak visible through a stand of trees ringing a pool of water

Mt. McLoughlin is visible from just about anywhere with a view on the western side of the Fremont-Winema National Forest and neighboring communities: Medford, Eagle Point,Klamath Falls, Mt. Ashland, and various points in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. It towers above the landscape, reminding us all that we are lucky to find ourselves immersed in the splendor of the Cascade Range and its myriad of peaks.

It's also a popular day hike for those wishing to summit a peak, take some amazing photos, and carry the bragging rights in their back pocket for anyone who asks! And as outdoor recreation grows and grows in our area, the number of people summiting Mt. McLoughlin has increased dramatically, and includes everyone from those who are well-seasoned mountaineers to first-time peak baggers.

More Hikers, More Information

With more people comes an increased need for information sharing! Every year, Search and Rescue volunteers help to locate hikers who have become lost and disoriented as they attempt to take shortcuts to descend Mt McLoughlin.

This number has been increasing, and is placing a strain on the volunteers.

The Fremont-Winema and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests are asking hikers to stay on the designated trail when descending. While the scree slopes look appealing and would seem faster to come down on, hikers often miss the trail and become lost in the forest below.

Use the information in this poster to help inform your mountain climbing experience, and to reduce the strain on Search and Rescue personnel!

Poster with climbing route and pitfall info



  • Want the map on your iPhone?

    QR code for Avenza map

    Use this QR code to get you directly to Avenza Maps, where you can download the Mt. McLoughlin Trail Map for FREE. It'll help you stick to the trail on your descent, making your whole adventure a bit safer!