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Mount Eddy Trail via Deadfall Lakes Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews

Mount Eddy Trail via Deadfall Lakes Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Weed, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,591 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

This hike up to Mount Eddy leaves from the Deadfall Meadow Trailhead.

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

Decent hike, wont find an easier 9k mountain. Muddy during beginning, very gradual incline which is nice. Trail is very well maintained. Windy once you hit the switchbacks road in is paved the entire way with few potholes

hiking
1 month ago

Always a gorgeous hike! The first half mile is usually quite muddy, but the remainder of the trail is generally smooth sailing. The summit can be very windy even on warm summer days. Excellent views of Shasta. Can be crowded on weekends.

hiking
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Beautiful views the whole way up

hiking
blowdown
snow
2 months ago

Pretty much as others had reviewed. Easy/moderate it you are in decent shape. We went to upper deadfall lake and back. Weather got bad and the wind rolled in, so we turned back. This weekend was the first touch of fall up in Weed. . We ran into another hiker that said it had been a white out earlier that morning.

Started from parks Creek trail head. It’s definitely a much flatter trail. Camped at Middle Deadfall Lake. Had the whole place to myself. No bugs. Slight breeze all night. Temperature was very mild the whole trip. Mount Eddy Was a relatively easy climb and the views were incredible. I was the only one on the mountain.

hiking
3 months ago

It was such an amazing hike!

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Do NOT listen to the reviews that say that this should be rated “easy” this trail is somewhere between moderate & hard! I run an 11minute mile, so I’m not in crazy good shape or anything but it was very difficult. We made it to the top & it was the most amazing 360 degree view of our little mountain home. Definitely worth it, but bring snacks or lunch!

hiking
3 months ago

OK, so just so you know, the first mile or so of this hike is ho-hum, BUT then it gets good. There will be 4-5 small creek crossings. Not hard. The views once you get to the lakes gets good and it just keeps getting better. There is a little off-shoot "U" shaped off this trail that goes by a lake, we did not take it and we are glad we made that choice as once you get to where the U intersects back in to the main trail, the lake is right there so no need to take the whole "U". Once you get to the last lake, take a break and have a snack for the final 1-1 1/2 mile climb to the top. The further you go, the steeper it gets, but it is so worth it. Unfortunately, we didn't get to stay long as it started thundering and we wanted to get to lower ground before the rain set in. We got just past the 1st lake on descent and it started to rain. Fortunately, we made it out without getting totally soaked. Depending on your physical fitness, this could be rated as at least moderately hard, but only due to the last mile or so and the steepness. The switchbacks are nice and long and moderately gradual. Hiking poles are helpful, especially on the descent. OH, and if you follow these direction to the trail head, they are wrong. These trail head directions take you to the PCT entrance which adds 2 miles to the hike, BUT there are potties at the trail head this takes you to so stop and use them then head on down the road a bit to the next parking lot on the right. Cross over the road to begin the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

First few miles were pretty easy hiking. Definitely more difficult once you get to the switchbacks. Beautiful trail with multiple lakes along the way. Views from the summit were amazing. Took us a total of 6 hours including our time up at the summit and stopping to spend time at one of the lakes. No problems with mosquitoes. There were still various wildflowers and a few small patches of snow.

hiking
3 months ago

This is marked as a moderate trail but is on the easier side. There are a few streams on the way which need some balancing skills on racks/tree-trunks. There is sudden elevation gain near the summit. We found a lot of people backpacking near lakes along the trail. Also greeted with a few hails/showers along the way. We were pretty chilled out walking and talking, it took us about 5 hours. Trailhead sign is not quite visible from the road, once you park at the hairpin curve, get out of your car and look for the sign "Deadfall Meadow Trailhead" towards SouthEast

hiking
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

Great hike over all. A little boggy/ muddy in the beginning and a few stream crossings. plenty of beautiful wild flowers. When I got to the first lake I took a nap on the east side where a small beach was. When I awoke I fished for a little while and caught two brook trout. Lots of bugs and bees.

hiking
4 months ago

Beat the heat of 103 in Redding. Highly recommend using deadfall meadow trailhead and get there by 9am to avoid a full parking lot. Wild flowers were amazingly beautiful. I wish i knew all their names. I’m a slow hiker, took me 3 hours to ascend. Not too many people for a Friday. Fire burning in Medford meant a light haze in the sky to the north, but not enough to obscure views.

hiking
4 months ago

I have walked through the meadow and taken the PCT to get to the Summit and both are beautiful. Once we made it to the top, the clouds that were lingering had moved and we had a magnificent view.

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Started hiking around 10:00 AM and got to the top by 1:00 PM. It is quite steep near the end and the elevation gain made us take many rests but if you take it slow you will make it!

hiking
5 months ago

One of the nicest hike I had recently. Beautiful meadows, nice lakes and a terrific view from the top which includes Mount Shasta. Looks us 5 hours round trip of not to hectic hiking. Returned via the Pacific Crest trail which provides nice views on the way back.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Did Mt Eddy trail via PCT om sat 6/15/19. Once you cross the rushing creek, you're near Deadfall Lake where multiple trails split. I took towards Mt Eddy but the trail came and went bc of snow. Did not make it to the switchbacks that led to the summit - I probably made it to mile 2.6

hiking
Sat Nov 17 2018

Mid-November 60 degree weather bluebird day. Riding the crest of the best that the Anthropocene has to offer. Get out there while you can ladies and gentlemen it’s going fast.

hiking
Sun Aug 26 2018

Easy through lower Deadfall Lakes then more of a moderate climb to upper Deadfall Lakes and beyond to the switchback trail leading to Mt. Eddy. Great hike with lots of views along the way. Perfect view of Mt Shasta from the summit, but very rocky and not very comfortable to sit but you can make it work (lots of small rocks). Great hike that is well worth the effort. Up and back via the PCT trail took about 5.5 hours with a nice lunch break at the summit. Highly recommend.

backpacking
Thu Aug 02 2018

Had a wonderful 2 night, 3 day stay at Deadfall Lakes, July 22nd to 24th, 2018. As we approached the trail-head, a huge summer shower just passed, and black clouds were drifting by. We judged the rain to be tapering off, and hiked to the larger Deadfall lake from the PCT. About 4 miles in, found a great campsite up from the lake, and settled in for a cloud-to-cloud lightning show that evening. Climbed up Mt. Eddy the next day, with views of Castle Crags, Mt. Shasta and the Trinity Alps in the distance. Very few mosquitoes, a few flies. Lots of through hikers on the PCT. The lake was not too cool to swim in, just right for a refreshing swim.

Mon Jul 16 2018

Its a beautiful place. Hot and dry above the tree line. At the top we saw a few clouds come in, then mushroomed into nonstop hail, lightning and thunder for about 20 minutes. Epic storm. Freezing and wet in mid July. Mountain weather.

hiking
Mon Jul 09 2018

The view of Shasta is spectacular! Luckily, Shasta rose above the smoke from the Klamathon fire and there was a slight SSW breeze to keep the smoke at a minimum. Lunch by the lakes is heavenly.

Tue Jun 12 2018

Beautiful run. Once you get to middle deadfall, the trail gets considerably steeper in slope. Upper deadfall lake is well worth seeing. This trail is great in May/June, after that it gets pretty rundown with tourists, dogs, etc. High desert terrain, can drink from certain springs in the early season

Tue May 29 2018

awesome hike. FR 17 is paved the whole way. great scenery on the drive. trailhead is a little tricky to fine. There is no signage from the road. it is exactly as indicated on all trails. at the hairpin turn there's a gravel pullout and the trailhead is crossed the road. we stacked up some rocks on road to help mark trailhead. we were also trying to find it before sunrise so that added an element of difficulty. overall awesome hike. meadow was a little squishy. waterproof boots are a must. you have soggy feet almost immediately without them.

hiking
Sun Nov 19 2017

Great hike ...steep up mt eddy though. It the views are awesome!

Mon Oct 30 2017

we hike this in late October from the PCT Trailhead it was 11.7 Miles round-trip beautiful hike beautiful views at the top

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