Dead Falls Lake Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Dead Falls Lake Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Trinity Center, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.1 miles 1358 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly





nature trips

rock climbing

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers


Remote alpine lakes and a spectacular mountain summit, perfect for a long day hike or backpacking adventure. Mount Eddy might be the highest peak in the Klamath Mountains but barely anyone notices since it's overshadowed by the gargantuan Mount Shasta, a staggering five thousand feet taller. Overshadowed though it may be, the scenery, solitude and variety of the wilderness around Mount Eddy and Dead Fall Lakes should not be overlooked. The lakes lie in a bowl almost entirely ringed by mountain peaks, which is where the first half of this hike takes us. The lakes are reason enough to put on your hiking boots even if you don't plan on a Mount Eddy summit, and are a great destination for backpackers.

2 months ago

It was like walking into Disneyland as a kid. Easy hike/walk in and then for a real challenge the summit of Mt Eddy. Perfect area, lots of different sections to explore and hang out.

3 months ago

We followed the trail in from Deadfall Meadows TH on July 18th and out on 20th. Boggy area at beginning otherwise great trail to a marvelous adventure. Camped on South side of main Deadfall Lake, less windy. Only downside, no campfires allowed at this time.

3 months ago

Quite literally one of the most beautiful hikes we've ever been on. The wind really picks up as you get toward the top, and it's cold, but that's to be expected around 9,000 ft with snow pack still around. The portion to Dead Fall Lakes is really pleasant with very gentle inclines so it's very family friendly.

3 years ago

August 4, 2013 was a great day to go hiking and get out of the smoke from the fires in Southern Oregon and Northern California. I did this hike with 11 others from my hiking group. Because of the group, I didn't climb Mt. Eddy. I will save that for another time!!