The panoramic views from the summit of Mt. Eddy are well worth the 9.4-mile round-trip hike. Mt. Shasta can be seen to the east, Mt. McLaughlin in Oregon to the north and the Trinity Alps, Castle Crags and Mt. Lassen to the south. At just over 9,000 feet, it is the highest point in Trinity County. Make sure to bring water, since none is available at the trailhead. However, water can be obtained from Deadfall Creek, 2.5 miles from the start of the trail. The best time to climb Mt. Eddy is from early July (once the snow has melted) through late October. If you plan to make the trip an overnight adventure, camping at the Deadfall Lakes, enclosed by mountain peaks, is a great option. A connecting 3-mile trail that circles the lakes compliments the summit hike. No wilderness permit is required to hike, but campfire permits are necessary. Mt. Eddy is abundant in red and white fir and pine and wildflowers are on display in June and July.
WHERE: Take the Steward Springs exit off Interstate 5 a few miles west of Weed. Pass beneath the freeway and take a right. Turn left on Steward Springs Road. Take Forest Service Road 17 to a parking area by the Deadfalls Lake trailhead. (google map)
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