Mount Eddy Trail via PCT at Parks Creek

MODERATE 78 reviews

Mount Eddy Trail via PCT at Parks Creek is a 10.4 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: 10.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,247 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

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horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

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forest

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views

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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.

hiking
2 days ago

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+

Tough climb but the view was worth it

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful and easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

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
2 months ago

8/25/19 We started at Parks Creek TH (paved road the whole drive there). Pit toilets at TH. Well marked trail. A dip in the Middle Deadfall Lake on the way back was great! Decided to take Deadfall Meadow Trail back to road then walk (1.5 miles uphill) back to Parks Creek TH. Glad we did to see different scenery. 11 miles total. Perfect weather. Tons of (noisy) grasshoppers. Tons of tadpoles in the pond before the Upper Deadfall Lake. Tons of switchbacks the last half mile. Loved it all.

backpacking
3 months ago

This is such a great hike right now! Great for kids or new-to-backpacking. The wildflowers are amazing, good temperatures, and no snow... although we didn't go to the top so not sure about above. Lots of deer, squirrels, and birds, but didn't get a chance to spot any other "big" creatures. There's quite a few people on the trail, but all were pleasant and most were just day hiking. Had a great campsite near the lake and absolutely no mosquitos right now.

backpacking
3 months ago

Amazing weekend backpacking experience beautiful views we camped right on the lake. Hiked to the summit of Mt Eddy. Highly recommend.

backpacking
3 months ago

I did an overnight here w my friend! it was so fun! we set up camp at Dead Fall Lake- what a perfect campsite! Then we continued on to the summit of Mt. Eddy. Some people camped up further at one of the smaller lakes, which looked really nice. Just remember to protect the fragile habitat by camping at least 200 feet from the lake. the hike up to the summit was pretty tough, but we made it! from the top you not only see the monster of mt shasta, but also, the trinity alps, castle crags, and mt mcloughlin in oregon!

3 months ago

Hiked to Middle Lake on 8/9/19. Spectacular array of wildflowers and small run offs still flowing nicely. Lush and green with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. The lake was clear and beautiful. Not a single piece of litter! Thank you fellow hikers for keeping this amazing place so pristine.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun day trip. The water is amazingly clear. Kids did great! Perfect family outing.

hiking
Sat Sep 29 2018

Perfect amount of hiking and scenery. Loved this hike!

hiking
Mon Jun 18 2018

This was a fantastic hike! We started at the Parks Creek Trailhead and hiked in along the PCT, meeting many other hikers along the way. There was an abundance of wildflowers and the seeps are flowing, gorgeous! Mount Eddy was socked in at the top, but still worth the trek.

hiking
Mon Jun 11 2018

We primarily were looking for wildflowers - we started at the meadow trailhead, not the PCT trailhead. The meadow is full of flowers, and not too difficult to cross (multiple soggy spots). Fantastic flowers

hiking
Sun Jun 10 2018

Excellent hike, beautiful lakes and a multitude of trails make for a superb weekend camping destination. The Alltrails route actually follows the Pacific Crest Trail for the first part of the trail, and switches to Deadfalls Trail right after the Lower Deadfalls Lake. The actual Deadfalls Trail trailhead is about 3/4 mile further south on Parks Creek Road and starts in the Deadfalls Meadow, which is definitely worth visiting - I recommend making a loop out of the trails even if it requires hiking back to your vehicle the last 3/4 miles on (low traffic) Parks Creek Road. Starting from the Parks Creed Summit (where Alltrails' route starts), until the Middle Deadfalls Lake (the largest one), the trail is relatively Easy (unless you are coming from Deadfalls Meadow, which is a bit steeper), but above that it is mainly Moderate.

hiking
Mon May 14 2018

The secrets out for this area, try and check it out early in the spring, there’s an abundance of wildflowers and wild onion that grow in the meadows.

hiking
Sun Mar 04 2018

Is a permit required for camping?

backpacking
Sun Nov 19 2017

Favorite trail! Great backpacking camps up there too!

backpacking
Thu Jul 27 2017

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

hiking
Mon Jul 24 2017

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
Sun Jul 16 2017

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.

hiking
Tue May 30 2017

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. .

Tue May 23 2017

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

hiking
Sun Aug 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
Fri Jul 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.

Sat Jul 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
Sun Aug 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!!

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