Climbed Eddy in the morning, Bear Mtn in Del Norte County in the afternoon. Trip Report
This is a nice hike in a beautiful area. Great views on a clear day.
Parked at the lower parking lot (past Park Creek Summit) and headed across swampy Deadfall Meadows. About a 5 1/2 hour round trip.
Parked at the pass where the I.P. Road (Parks Creek Rd. to some) crosses the PCT. Thought was that by following the ridge line eastward along the county line we'd reach the summit with the minimum amount of elevation gain. Probably what we saved in elevation we lost in the struggle to maintain a line scrambling the ridgeline. Took a couple of hours from the car. Who watches their watch in the mountains? View was as advertised and did not disappoint. We returned via the trail down to the Deadfall Lakes and back along the PCT to where we had parked.
Took my partner, 2 dogs and I, 2 hours to reach the summit and 1:15 to get back to the trailhead. The 360 degree views from the top are spectacular. This is by far the most breathtaking mountain vista I've summited in my young, but burgeoning peakbagging career.
2 1/2 hours to top. No snow left. Beautiful day. Jill led, which sped the ascent. Nice Jeffries Pines on trail and lots of whitebark pines above 8,000 feet.
I arrived at park creek trailhead at approximitly 8:00 am a little breezy to start. It was a beautiful morning none the less. I enjoyed a brisk walk along the pacific crest trail and before long I arrived at the intersection for the four deadfall lakes. I stayed to the left most trail and bypassed the two lower lakes the trail weaved between the two upperlakes where I paused to take in the scenery. I proceeded up the trail to the saddle. As I walked on towards the summit I was amazed at how well the trail was disguised along the ridge. I thought it was an excellent job of trail engineering. I huffed and puffed on up to the top arriving at 10:20 am. I am awe struck by the beauty of this area. The vertical above the valley was impressive. I am surley bieng beckoned by the allure of the Trinity range. It would also be cool to check out the marble mountains area. Mt shasta reigns supreme over this nor cal region. I hope to come back in the spring looks Like a great ski mountain.
Darn! I missed seeing the other SP-ers who summited the same day! I went up the S. side trail and got to the top at 12:20 - started back down at 12:30. The frogs were so loud they could be easily heard from the summit - and that's about 2,000' above the lakes!
The route I took is a good alternative to the usual way in from the lakes.
Very surprised at how nice this area was. The nearby Trinity Alps really "peaked" my interest. Beware of the first stream crossing in early season, had to take off the boots on the first one.......only about 150 yards from the car! Anna is right, amazing frog display in the second highest lake. Lots of snow from the upper lakes to the pass, actually had a small, but fun glissade on the way back. Love Nor Cal.
It must be some sort of SP tradition to climb Mt. Eddy on July 4th. As I was reading the summit logs I noticed 5 other members who have done the same in the past couple years. Anyway....
I climbed with my very best partner, Tom (some know him better as Cornvallis). A gorgeous day with plenty of snow around the lakes, the noisiest frogs I've ever heard, more solo female hikers than I've seen on any other trail, and a cookin' hot sunburn of a summit stay. Phenomenal views from the top: Mt. Shasta, the surrounding mini-ranges (to the south and west), and all the way north to Mt. McLoughlin.
Left the Parks Creek Trailhead at 10:15 am and was at the Summit by 1pm. Very windy today but sitting behind the summit structure blocked the wind fine. No one else on the summit, no one else on the trail. Saw a para-glider above Lake Siskiyou.
Found the summit register to be a complete mess, will have to go back up and fix that. Left the summit by 1:30pm and made it back to the trailhead by 3:15pm. Coming down from the summit I bypassed the trail and shot straight down the ridgeline. Trying to climb up scree isn't very fun but going down it is. I plunged stepped the whole way down to the saddle in about 10 minutes, really saved a lot of time.
All in all a strenuous but enjoyale hike, the views from the summmit are fantastic.
As Bob mentioned, it was neat to meet up with Bill (derbilly) on the summit. One of the locals thought it was pretty funny that we had climbed Shasta the day before as he commented that "most people climb Mt. Eddy as a conditioner for climbing Mt. Shasta, not the other way around" Well, it seemed logical to me as Mt. Eddy is the peak we were looking at as we climbed Shasta.
A great viewpoint for Shasta of course, Shasta is just boom, so right in your face. Also, a nice spot to enjoy as we spent two hours on the summit enjoying the views in all directions and the social aspect. Nice hike.
After summitting Shasta the day before, Dean Molen and I wondered if our legs would be up to even this hike. But after loosening up they felt fine, so we spent a beautiful Sunday hiking to the summit of Eddy. Great visibility in all directions. While we were enjoying the summit, derbilly arrived, which we discovered while introducing ourselves. SP is a small world indeed!
Enjoyed excellent views from the summit and met fellow summitposters Dean and Bob.
D and I enjoyed an incredible view from the top including Mt. Shasta, Mt. McLaughlin, the Trinity Alps, Castle Crags and Mt. Lassen. A divine spot to relax and enjoy the close of a mid-summer day.
I started from Parks Creek at 10:30 am and peaked at 2:00 pm. I stopped for a few minutes at the largest Dead Falls Lake and fished. But did not catch anything. I had to put a jacket on about 30 minutes from the top. It was pretty windy but sunny. The highest Dead Fall Lake looked like a mud puddle. It must have been clouded from the rains we just had. All in all, it was a great hike and pretty easy. Part of the trail was washed out but it was easy to find the trail. And that big tree in trail has been cut out. Trail is now completely clear.
Hiked up with Lara. After a late departure (14.45), & a leisurely undulating stroll, we arrived at Upper Deadfall Lake. Losing the exact trail (covered with snow at that point), we negotiated some horrendous steep scree up to a somewhat cohesive mass of rock below the summit ridge. We climbed this (3rd & 4th class, depending on variation) to the ridge, again finding the trail. We hiked up the steep section to the summit, arriving at 18.45. After soaking up the surroundings & relaxing for awhile, we were joined by 'John (real name altered to preserve integrity),' admittedly f*@$ed up on 151 & 4:20, and Co.- N. California pre-college students. We chilled for a bit, departing briefly before sunset. Hiking partially in darkness (& encountering a dumbstruck deer, lethargic toad, & cool-looking scorpion en route), we finally got back to the parking lot at 23.09. A wonderful day, beautiful weather, a great hike up a majestic mountain!