Ascent of Mount Eddy on 2015-06-05

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

Others in Party:Carla Carla -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Friday, June 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Eddy
    Elevation:9025 ft / 2750 m

Ascent Trip Report

We had intended to start at the lower Dreadfall Lakes Trailhead because with it being a dry year, the muddiness would be minimal, and a meadow stroll sounded fun and relaxed. Wrong on both accounts. In early June, the meadow was still a marsh with lots of mosquitoes and mud up to our ankles. We aborted that route 5min after leaving the trailhead. Instead, we hopped back into the Equinox and drove 1.5mi back up FR17 to the Parks Creek Trailhead.

The Parks Creek Trailhead sits above 6800ft and instantly provides great views of the Scott Mountains and Klamath National Forest to the west. My soon-to-be fiancee (shh, don't tell her!) loved the backpacker-friendly gentle grade of the PCT: "This is so awesome! I love how flat it is. Is it gonna be like this the whole way to the top?" (I didn't have the heart to tell her that it'd get steep eventually.)

But yah, the PCT begins in nicely shaded trees and eventually opens up as you get closer to the wide area marking the Dreadfall-PCT-Sisson junction.

From there, the Sisson Calahan NTR meanders up past the Dreadfall Lakes, up from the bowl, and to a narrow ridgeline where the wind was just a'howlin'.

Keep an eye out to your left (east), and you'll soon spot the Mt Eddy trail heading up to the summit proper. I thought the views coming up the south side of Eddy were pretty awesome and kept getting better and better.

We topped out around 630p. Bomb-ass views all around. And Shasta really looks like a monster of a mountain from Eddy.

Eddy's summit is itself more of a 350ft wide plateau, pretty flat and open. On the east end is the remains of some structure, and on the west end is a rock wall wind break. Carla took a break on the east side, and I strolled across both ends to see which was higher.

As I approached the rock wall on the west, I noticed peculiar patches of bright red on it. Closer inspection showed that the dozens of red patches were actually hordes of ladybugs. Yummy. Apparently they form large groups in the winter as they hibernate and had chosen Eddy as their hibernation hotel. Pretty cool!

I tried to drag Carla over to experience the bug orgy first-hand, but she was understandably creeped out a bit at the idea. Instead, we hung out for a bit on the east summit. We snapped a few photos/videos and started our way back to the car.

Route details
Mile 0.0: Take the PCT from the Parks Creek Trailhead
Mile 2.8: Arrive at a wide area marking the signed junction of the PCT, the Dreadfall Meadows Trail, and the Sisson-Calahan National Regional Trail. Continue southeast along the Sisson Calahan NRT towards the Mt Eddy Trail
Mile 4.3: Turn left (east), leaving the Sisson-Calahan NRT and taking the Mt Eddy Trail up to Mt Eddy
Mile 5.4: En fin!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2325 ft / 707 m
    Extra Gain:75 ft / 22 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Route:PCT; Mt Eddy Tr
    Trailhead:Parks Creek Trailhead  6850 ft / 2087 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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