Mount Eddy Trail via PCT at Parks Creek

MODERATE 54 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

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horseback riding

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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.

5 days 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.

5 days ago

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

15 days 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.

7 months ago

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

10 months ago

Perfect amount of hiking and scenery. Loved this hike!

Monday, June 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.

Monday, June 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

Sunday, June 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.

Monday, 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.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Is a permit required for camping?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Favorite trail! Great backpacking camps up there too!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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

Monday, July 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.

Sunday, July 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.

Tuesday, 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. .

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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

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.

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.

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!!

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