Mount McLoughlin (Sky Lakes Wilderness)

Rating (Out of 5): 3.5

Location: Near Medford, Ore.

Distance: 11 miles round-trip

Difficulty: Very Hard

Camping: Not much near summit

Quick hit: A fairly difficult hike up roughly 4,000 feet to the top of Southern Oregon's highest mountain. It's a difficult climb up 5.5 miles of nearly 4,000 feet of elevation gain. The trail begins at Mount McLoughlin Trailhead, and heads uphill on a simple hike through pine forest. After about 4.5 miles the trail goes away, and the hike becomes more of a climb up steep rocks. The route is marked only by paint splotches. It is very hard. On the way down, be sure to follow the correct route, since many people get lost on this climb each year.

Directions: From Medford, follow Highway 62 east (toward Crater Lake) for six miles and turn right onto Highway 140 (toward Klamath Falls). Follow this road for 35 miles and turn left at a “Fourmile Lake” pointer onto road 3661. Follow this gravel road for three miles, and then turn left at Road 3650 to a large parking lot and the trailhead.

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