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.

Fawn Creek Meadow Hike on Saturday, July 9

Mount Shasta Trail Association and avid hiker Barry Price is leading an impromptu hike to beautiful Fawn Creek Meadow. Here’s what Barry says:

This is an exploratory hike, and may be cut short by snow drifts and/or fallen trees left from last winter before we can even get to the starting point.

If we make it, though, expect the greatest display of flowers as we gradually work our way up Mt. Eddy from 5000 feet to 6200 feet, micro climate by micro climate, from wet to dry, from full sun to shaded. It’s pretty cool, although, it’s likely to be hot, too.

Anyway, let’s meet at the Fish Hatchery at 9 am on Saturday, July 9. (Central Mount Shasta exit and then go west away from Mount Shasta for a quarter-mile. Go straight at the stop sign.)

We’ll car pool to the forest road off of FR 26, about 11 miles, and up a sometimes crude road. Bring a lunch. We’ll be back by mid-afternoon.