Trinity County High Point Trip Report

Mt Eddy (9,025 ft)

Date: July 6, 2001
Author: Peter Maurer

A sublime northern California summit with beautiful wildflowers and varied terrain. The trail is well marked and well used, crossing several creeks and passing several lakes for a wonderful day trip or an overnight. I started at the Deadfall Meadows trailhead, but a slightly longer option with less elevation gain is using the Parks Creek trailhead where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Forest Rd 17, about 1/2 mile to the west of Deadfall Meadows.

My route crossed the marshy meadows, but the crossings were passable due to the very dry year that the area has had. A steady climb through the woods and meadows leads to the trail junction with the PCT, and continues up towards the lakes. Wildflowers were plentiful, including the carnivorous pitcher plant in the boggy areas. Once past the lakes, the trail reaches a pass, where the spur trail takes off to the east and switch-backs up the mountain for a mile and a half.

Spectacular views, with the granddad of peaks (Shasta) looming over everything (5000' above the summit of Mt Eddy!) Views of Lassen & Brokeoff to the south, the Trinity Alps to the West, and the Russian, Salmon and Marble Mountains to the north. The old fire lookout has been reduced to barely more than a pile of old weathered boards, and the cairn and register are no longer there.

This peak would be a great warm-up for anyone out of the area who plans to do Shasta.