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Take a Hike: Mt. McLoughlin

A beast of a hike is made even tougher when attempting to summit in poor air quality.

Posted: Wed Aug 15 19:33:50 PDT 2018
Updated: Wed Aug 15 19:33:50 PDT 2018

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says, "when you're facing a trail as tough as mt. mcloughlin you want conditions to be perfect. eleven miles and 4,000 thousand feet of elevation gain demand it. so as we prepare to summit today in unhealthy air quality, i'm not saying i recommend any part of this, it's just that it's a trail that's been calling my name for over a year. for one of the final times this summer, strap in and let's take a an eight-hour time commitment. let this river at the start be your warning ... you'll need water and lots of it. now there are two schools of thought for how you should approach this hike. some would say it's a marathon and not a sprint so pace yourself. and it's true that the first half is a breeze, in the shade, and very enjoyable if you're sharing it with your hiking community. others would argue you'll be tired by the end of the day regardless. they'd say to get the first few miles in at a full strength pace because that distance can't be taken away from you when it starts to hurt. either way, there's a clear cut change halfway through the hike... and this is where the real workout begins. jake says, "about three miles in, the trees are going to give way a bit two thirds of the incline left to go." follow the white dots ...and you'll stay on the fastest trail... important because everything starts to look the same when you get out into the open. look up... and you'll see where we're going. head down if you want to actually make it. there's no technical climbing on this journey... no special equipment needed during the summer. but the steep rocky scramble to the finish is going to test your intestinal fortitude. can you handle an hour of this type of work? if you can, then rejoice. you've just hiked the toughest mountain in southern oregon. jake says, "checking in from the highest point in jackson county, over 9,000 feet above sea level, welcome to the top of mt. mcloughlin. when it's clear out, you can see all the way to the oregon coast, but today, a ring of smoke will have to do as your scenery. from the top of mt. mcloughlin, jake garcia, newswatch 12 sports." we have
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