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One of the best hikes in the area, 35 minutes from Weed to Parks Creek to start. Easy start, for the first hour until you come to a fairly steep short section just before middle Deadfall Lake. It is a climb from upper Deadfall Lake to summit Mt Eddy (with switchbacks the last half). Plan about 70 minutes if you are in good hiking condition... I would not call it moderate, for the last section. I have seen many people give up on last part over the years....mostly those who don’t look so fit, but, really, be aware. Beautiful vistas and expansive views the whole way and it just gets better and better to the summit. Plan on 6 hours round trip if you want to check out the lower Deadfall Lake (great for swimming) which is just off trail...and spend some time at upper Deadfall Lake for lunch (great camp spot). I have powered up and back in 4 hours while in training mode and I hike often even if I am 60+

backpacking
13 days ago

Stunning trail! Solo backpacked this 9/11-9/12 as an overnight this trail has it all! The first 5 miles or so of the trail don’t have much of a view as it’s shaded and a bit overgrown but then you come into a valley that has wildflowers. Summit Lake is not too dark from Deer Lake. Lots of camping spots at Summit Lake with fire pits and some shaded-easily more than 10 good spots. Diamond Lake is by far the most beautiful, but only about 4-5 good spots to set up camp and they are all next to each other. Deer Lake and Summit Lake had lots of smaller fish in them. I didn’t bring a pole with me to speak to size, but they were definitely there. This trail has a variety of terrain and beautiful scenery. By far my favorite Trinity trail!

I did Trail during dry time. It could be a challenge if water was high several creek crossings and swampy at start. End of trail is tough to get to and you will have to park .1 of mile before trail then cross creek to get to car. I did 11.5 miles with extra walking

Tough climb but the view was worth it

4 stars because: the drive there requires 4 wheel drive, there is very little signage, and because the destination is just a saddle area. Still, it's a beautiful hike. Walking beside rushing water the first mile or two was great. The last 1.5 miles are a challenge. This senior citizen did the whole thing in 5.5 hours with short stops because it was cold and windy in October. Just a dusting of snow, but gusty winds at the end made it unbearable to linger at the saddle below Mt. Eddy. I was happy to see about 10 trail volunteers grooming the route to make it more trail bike friendly.

beautiful and easy hike

This was a very grueling and rewarding climb! I started from the PCT Parks Creek Summit trailhead (following this route: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/mount-eddy-trail-via-pct-at-parks-creek--2). The first hour or so takes you to Deadfall Creek. There are a few gnarly portions about halfway through this hike when the path narrows and is rocky and there are steep drop offs to your right. Just look straight ahead and focus. Another hour takes you to the last sign before the Mt Eddy trail breaks off to the left. It's a very grueling hike to the top of the mountain and takes longer than you think. There are many switchbacks. Everyone was right: Mount Shasta comes into brilliant view literally a handful of paces before you reach the summit. Coming down from the summit back to the last sign was the hardest part for me. I went very very gingerly and could not have done it without hiking poles. (Hiking shoes are also a must.) The weather was great - it was a little cold at the top and I was glad I had a light jacket I could put on or off as needed. It took me 3:40 to ascend and 3:05 to descend for a RT time of 6:45. I had to rush on the descent because I wanted to make it back to town before dark. The road that takes you from Weed to the trailhead - 42N17 - also ascends rapidly in elevation with no guardrails. I would not want to be on that road after dark.

backpacking
over grown
snow
1 month ago

Beautiful views and wildflowers last weekend. Overgrown when you leave the forest and walk into the meadow portion of the trail in lower elevation but easy to get through. We got unlucky and got stuck in a snowstorm even when forecast said only slight chance of rain. Prepare for anything!

this was an amaizing hike. definitely worth going all the way to the upper lakes.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Absolutely grueling, brutal, and the uphill never seems to end, until you go back down! Not a single other hiker out there today. My GPS said 8.8 miles, though, not 7.4. Like others mentioned there is definitely some bushwhacking and we ended up off trail twice. A GPS is super handy for this in a few spots. Cloudy on top, but stunning and very much worth the hard work. I plan to use it to help train for climbing Shasta next year!

backpacking
1 month ago

Loved this, did this as an overnight. Long uphill on day 1 but you’ll get rewarded with great views. Camped at deer lake. Plenty of space but not tons of privacy and not many trees. We hiked the loop as a day hike the next morning before heading back out. Beautiful!

Great hike! The uphills are tough, but the views at the top are definitely worth it. It seemed like you could reach out and touch Mt Shasta because it was so close. The second lake we came upon (Toad Lake?) had a ton of little frogs. Careful not to step on them because they’re hopping on the rocks that lead down to the lake as well.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Wonderful four day trip, up Long Canyon, around the Four Lakes Loop, and a side hike to Lake Anna. Wildflowers abound, and lots of green to contrast with the stark red rock and granite. Slow going up Long Canyon, and the last few miles are exposed. If you get tired or start late, nice campsites around mile 4 in the meadows before starting up the steep grade toward Bee Tree Gap. If you continue up, fill up water as the next water is at Deer Lake. The loop is amazing as advertised. We camped alone at Diamond Lake and did the loop as a day hike without packs, which makes it much more fun. We scrambled up Siligo Peak, which was not too challenging and has a great payoff. Camping was great at Diamond, but there is only one good spot. More and better campsites at Summit Lake, but Diamond has the best views. Fish were biting but didn't catch any. We side tripped to Lake Anna, which was a stunner. The scramble up from Long Canyon trail is a bit tricky but manageable and mercifully short. Anna is a gorgeous alpine lake with glaciated rock, lots of fish, and several great campsites. Worth it if you can handle the scramble up there.

hiking
2 months ago

Descent down from Deer Lake to trailhead

We started out just planning to hike to deadfall lakes, then decided to keep hiking and connect with the Sisson Callahan trail. Putting the two together made for a long day- about 12 miles, but took us through some beautiful meadows with lovely hiking along the river at the lower end of the hike.

backpacking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Highly recommend as a 2-3 day backpacking trip. We did it counter clock-wise, like the other reviewers, and really enjoyed this route.

hiking
2 months ago

Really challenging hike but well worth it! Really difficult to find the trail once you enter a meadowy area. Best advice would be to not venture too far off the trail if you’re lost. It took us some time but we eventually found the trail by scouting around above us, although it wasn’t easy. Heavy bush whacking at times. Awesome views at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Unbelievable hike with incredible views but the trail is not well maintained. Once you enter the meadow, it is very difficult to find the trail. Very difficult but worth the trek!

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

backpacking
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Great route, plenty of wildlife including bears, be sure to follow sound practices when preparing and storing food at campsites. Did the route counter-clockwise and the climb out of Bear Basin was stunning with nice views of Mount Shasta a welcome bonus. Could easily be done as a two-day trip but three days allows plenty of time for taking in views. Granite Lake is also stunning but can be a little crowded.

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