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Mt. Eddy & Dead Fall Lakes

Remote alpine lakes and a spectacular mountain summit, perfect for a long day hike or backpacking adventure.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 10 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview:  Mount Eddy might be the highest peak in the Klamath Mountains but barely anyone notices since it's overshadowed by the gargantuan... more »

Tips:  • Early June through October is usually the best time to attempt this hike, subject to the severity depending on the severity of... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Around 14 miles of great, paved country roads separate Interstate 5 from the trailhead to Dead Fall Lakes.

Take the Edgewood & Gazelle exit 751, just north of the town of Weed and proceed Northwest up Stewart Springs Rd. Very shortly turn left turn to continue on Stewart Springs Rd and head towards the mountains.

Resetting your trip... More

2. Fire Trail Junction

Continue along the narrow PCT trail which continues at the other side of the fire trail.

From here to the Dead Fall lakes there's only an increase of 400ft elevation gain, meaning you can put most of your effort into admiring the wide landscape vistas over the nearby terrain and the more distant Trinity Alps to the South West.

3. Dead Fall Lakes

The 3 mile hike to Dead Fall Lakes concludes here, just past a small creek.

Meltwater from the remaining snowpack on the mountains which now surround you on three sides have a great impact on this area, which means that finding the continuation of the trail might be difficult here.

If you're continuing on to climb Mt. Eddy - a further 2... More

4. Summit Trail

After climbing a steep hill, bear left and head for the summit trail - a relatively pleasant uphill walk, rarely rocky, and with switchbacks making the final part of the climb as straightforward as the rest.

5. Summit

After 2,225ft of uphill climbing, you've finally reached the 9,025ft summit of Mt. Eddy!

Views from the summit are superb, and include the first and only views of Mt. Shasta that you'll see from this trail.