Mount Eddy Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 2,232' 680 m
Descent: -2,232' -680 m
High: 9,022' 2,750 m
Low: 6,844' 2,086 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)
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“The trail passes the Deadfall Lakes to expansive views from the summit of Mount Eddy.”— Bruce Hope
At 2.9 miles from the trailhead, you reach the start of the Upper Deadfall Meadows, cross Deadfall Creek, and soon reach a four-way trail junction. The PCT continues straight ahead. A right (northwest) turn here would put you on the Deadfall Trail (#6W05) going down past Lower Deadfall Lake (Lake 7139) to the Deadfall Meadows Trailhead on Forest Road 17 (this lower trailhead is an alternative way to reach Mount Eddy if you want more elevation gain in your trip). Instead, you want to turn left (southeast) here and proceed uphill on the Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail.
Middle Deadfall Lake (Lake 7259) is just off to your right 0.2 miles up the Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail from the four-way junction. At 3.7 miles, after an abrupt climb, you'll reach the first (Lake 7743) of the three Upper Deadfall Lakes, with its three campsites.
At 3.9 miles, you'll pass along the shore of the largest (Lake 7790) of the Upper Deadfall Lakes (more campsites) and then continue on the Sisson-Callahan as it ascends to the southwest, providing you with expansive views of the Deadfall Lakes below and the Trinity Alps far off to the west.
You reach Deadfall Summit at 4.2 miles from the trailhead. Here, the Sisson-Callahan continues straight ahead and downhill as a faint tread but you turn left (east) onto the spur Mount Eddy Summit Trail (#6W25) that climbs to Mount Eddy's summit, which you'll reach after 0.8 miles of relentless, but well-graded, climbing.
From the top, Mount Shasta fills the view to the east, while Black Butte is visible below and in front of Shasta. The Castle Crags can be seen to the southeast, the Trinity Alps to the west, and (possibly, depending on haze and smoke) Pilot Rock to the north. If conditions are exceptionally clear, you might also be able to make out Mount Lassen to the south. After enjoying the view (and maybe lunch), retrace your steps to the Parks Creek Trailhead.
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