Deadfall Lakes and Mt. Eddy Hike Saturday August 20th, 2011

For the most amazing views, join the Mt. Shasta Trail Association on a rewarding day hike to pristine Deadfall Lakes and to the top of Mt. Eddy on Saturday, August 20th, 2011. This 10-mile roundtrip hike starts out gently on the Pacific Crest Trail to the multiple lakes and then becomes challenging as we gain 2,250 feet to the summit at 9,025 feet.

Mount Eddy is the highest mountain in the Eddys (a subrange of the Klamath Mountains), the highest point in Trinity County, and the highest mountain west of Interstate 5. The mountain was named after Olive Paddock Eddy, the first woman to climb Mt. Shasta. From this majestic peak we will be able to see Lassen Peak and other Lassen Volcanic National Park mountains, Mt. McLoughlin, the Scott Mountains, the Eddy Range, the Trinity Alps Wilderness, Black Butte, Castle Crags Spire, and of course Mt. Shasta towering over everything in sight.

Participants will meet at 9 am at 111 Morgan Way, in front of the Best Western Tree House Motor Inn (near Ray’s) in downtown Mount Shasta. Bring lunch and water and, if interested, a bathing suit for a very refreshing swim. Hiking poles are recommended. We expect to return by 6 pm. For questions call Joan Roemer at 926-0647.

MSTA member Stephanie Hoffman at Middle Deadfall Lake.
MSTA member Stephanie Hoffman at Middle Deadfall Lake.

 

Deadfall Lakes and Mount Eddy Hike on Saturday, August 28

For the most amazing views, come along with the Mt. Shasta Trail Association on a rewarding day hike to pristine Deadfall Lakes and to the top of Mt. Eddy. This 10 mile roundtrip hike starts out gently on the Pacific Crest Trail to the multiple lakes and then becomes challenging as we gain 2,250 feet to the summit at 9,025 feet.

Mt. Eddy was formed between 400 & 65 million years ago from peridotite, a volcanic form of serpentine. This type of rock (ultramafic) is high in magnesium and low in calcium, and as such the soils derived from this material constitute a harsh growing medium for most plants. Like with other serpentine areas, the result is that some plants adapt to the harsh conditions, taking advantage of the relative lack of competition, and evolve to become endemic to the site. The iron contained in the rock rusts, giving it its reddish tint. It is the highest mountain in the Eddys (a subrange of the Klamath Mountains), the highest point in Trinity County, and the highest mountain W of Interstate 5. The mountain was named after Olive Paddock Eddy, the first woman to climb Mt. Shasta. From this majestic peak we will be able to see Lassen Peak, Mt. Mc Loughlin, the Scott Mountains, the Eddy Range, Black Butte, Castle Crags Spire and of course Mt. Shasta towering over everything in sight.

Meet at 9 am at the Fish Hatchery a quarter-mile west of the main Mount Shasta exit off I-5. Bring lunch and water. Hiking poles recommended. We expect to return by 6 pm. For questions call Joan Roemer at 926-0647.

MSTA member Stephanie Hoffman at Middle Deadfall Lake.
MSTA member Stephanie Hoffman at Middle Deadfall Lake.

Siskiyou Wanderers August 2010 Hiking Schedule

The Siskiyou Wanderers are a very active local hiking group that hikes every Thursday throughout the year. Here’s the August 2010  schedule:

Aug 5: Deadfall Lakes/Mt. Eddy: Let’s enjoy this beautiful hike to the top of Mt. Eddy. For those wishing not to hike to the top of Mt. Eddy, can hike to one of the Deadfall Lakes to fish, swim or just relax.
AD: ~6-9 miles THE: ~6,200’ AEG: ~1,000’/2,800′ PMP: Edgewood Junction T: 8:30 am.

Aug 12: Russian & Waterdog Lakes: Let’s hike Russian Lake and Waterdog Lake from the South Russian trailhead up the long South Russian Creek Canyon.
AD: ~11 miles THE: 4,600′ AEG: ~2,500′ PMP: Bob’s Ranch House, Etna T: 8:30 am.

Aug 19: South Gate Meadows/Gray Butte: Hike from near the Old Ski Bowl site on Mt. Shasta to South Gate Meadows via the Gray Butte trail. Loop back to the trailhead via the Old Ski Bowl site.
AD: ~8 miles. THE: ~7,762’. AEG: ~1,200’. PMP: Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 8:30 am.

Aug 26: Big Duck Lake: A nice lake in the Russian Wilderness. You may wish to bring your fishing pole or swim suit and enjoy lovely Big Duck Lake. Those with more energy can hike to Little Duck Lake.
AD: ~9-10 miles. THE: ~4,400′ AEG: ~2,200′ PMP: Bob’s Ranch House, Etna T: 8:30 am.

Legend to the Schedule:

  • AD: Approximate round trip distance.
  • THE: Trailhead elevation.
  • AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
  • PMP: Principal meeting place.
  • T: Meeting time at PMP.
  • DDT: Distance to trailhead.