Upper Sisson-Callahan Trail: North Fork Sacramento to Deadfall Crest

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Upper Sisson-Callahan Trail: North Fork Sacramento to Deadfall Crest is a 9.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Shasta, California that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,654 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Start where the trail crosses FR 41N53 just before the road ford across the North Fork of the Sacramento. The trail climbs near the river for about 0.4 miles before leaving an old skid road and switching back. (Many miss this turn) After just less than a mile the trail reaches an old campsite and starts to pass through meadows. At 2.5 miles it crosses the North Fork (now a creek) At about 3 miles there is a split in the trail: the Historic Sisson-Callahan Trail continues straight and eventually crosses the PCT at the low saddle at the upper end of the North Fork valley. The branch to the right is the Sisson-Callahan NRT: Take it. (Look for the historic white and green trail sign pointing to Deadfall Lakes and Mt Eddy Lookout) After about 5 miles and 2600 ft of climbing reach the trail crest above the Deadfall Lake. If desired you can continue to the lakes or turn right and take the trail to the summit of Mt Eddy (1 mile and 1000 ft higher)

7 months ago

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.

Sat Oct 27 2018

Loved this hike. Did it with my son on my back and the lake is beautiful.

7 months ago

10 months ago

Thu Aug 30 2018