Mt. McLoughlin

October 8-9, 1977

This is by far the best time of year to climb Mt. McLoughlin. The drive down afforded such views as a buck deer crossing the highway near Willamette Pass, Fall color in the Ft. Klamath Valley, Golden Aspen trees along highway 140, and first glimpse of Mt. McLoughlin with a thin bit of snow on the north slope. Road 3661 was in good shape to the trail head where we car/tent camped and enjoyed the convenience of two new rest rooms.

After a frosty night we crossed the dry canal and started up the 5½ mile trail at 6:20 a.m. Sunday. We enjoyed the walk with lots of snack breaks. We trekked through some light snow on the upper ridge to reach the summit at 11:40. A welcoming committee of one was formed by Lee Hatch as he charged to the top well ahead of the party. After lunch, summit book formalities, and a crisp view of Mt. Shasta, we headed down and reached the cars about 3:45 p.m. Good snacks at the “Cattle Crossing Cafe” in Ft. Klamath gave us energy to make it home by 8:30 p.m.

The eight jovial and cool climbers were Donn Chase, Lee Hatch, Henrietta Richmond, Rick Sanders, Velma Shirk, Connie and Millard Thomas, and leader Wes Prouty.

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