lakes settled in the shadow of Mount Eddy. Lower Deadfall is 5 acres with lots of fish
rises. Middle is 25 acres, deep blue. Upper is 4 acres, bright green. Lots of day hikers
but most just visit the Middle lake on their way to the top of Mt. Eddy. Easy hike with
spectacular views of the northeast side of the Trinity Alps & Deadfall Meadow.
Firewood was scarce. We had a doe & 2 fawns visit our campsite during the night &
3 does wandered by just before dark.
Length: app. 2.5 miles
Elevation: Lower - 7,150 feet, Middle - 7,300 feet, Upper - 7,800 feet,
Mt. Eddy - 9,000 feet
Difficulty: Easy (Pacific Cost Trail)
Information: U.S. Forest Service, Redding, CA
Water: available from lake & streams (filter or purify)
Campsites: 2 on east side of Lower, 6+ all around Middle, & 1 on
south side of Upper
North on I-5 to 3 miles north of Weed. Take the
Gazelle Exit, cross under the freeway, turn right on Old Hwy 99 for about 1/2 mile, then
left on Stewart Springs Road. After app. 4 miles turn right on Forest Road 17 & follow
it for app. 10 miles to a large trailhead clearing at Parks Creek Summit.
Follow Pacific Coast Trail to junction of
Sisson-Callahan Trail. Lower & Middle Deadfall Lakes are very near but out of sight.
Middle is almost due south & Lower is slightly southwest. The trail to the right goes
right between them. Trail to the left (Sisson-Callahan) follows the the northeast shore of
Middle Deadfall Lake, then starts climbing up past two ponds, Upper Deadfall Lake, then on
up to Mt. Eddy.
Campsites all around Middle. Two campsites on east
side of Lower. One campsite on east side of Upper.