Deadfall Lakes

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Lower Deadfall Lake

Three beautiful 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)
Permit: none
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

From Redding:

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.

From Trailhead:

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.

Mt. Eddy & Upper Deadfall Lake

Middle Deadfall Lake

Carla at Lower Deadfall Lake Bill at Upper Deadfall Lake


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