Dead Falls Lake Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Dead Falls Lake Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Trinity Center, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1545 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

backpacking
22 days ago

This is a rad hike. Beautiful views, get locations to camp, and fishing was great.

hiking
25 days ago

Perfect family hike. A good challenge for the younger ones. Gorgeous and abundant wildflowers. Lunch in the shade at upper deadfall lake and a Mt Eddy ascent for those looking for a little more adventure. Wonderful day.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike!! Just do it, you'll be glad you did! Great views, lush forest, vibrant wildflowers, small waterfalls, and stunning lakes make this one of the best hikes I've ever done. Plus our dogs had a blast.

backpacking
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hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Doable with a pregnant wife. A bit crazy in the early spring though with snow on the ground. Some gnarly crosses (see pics) that require prudence. .

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Camp at deadfall and summit Eddy! Nice little backpacking trip. Makes a good day hike too.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

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.

backpacking
Friday, July 22, 2016

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.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 18, 2013

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!!