Mount Eddy sits just west of Mount Shasta in Northern California. At 9028 feet in elevation with over 5000 feet of prominence, Mount Eddy will demand a certain level of respect from those who take the hike.
We started the hike from the Parks Creek Summit Trailhead. Take the Stewart Springs Road exit off of I-5 just north of Weed, CA. Stay on Stewart Springs Road until Forest Service road 42N17 turns off to the right. 42N17 will climb for miles to the Parks Creek Summit, where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses 42N17. There are a parking lot and a well-maintained bathroom at the site.
The first three miles of the trek is an easy traverse climb to the Deadfall Lakes basin from the Parks Creek Summit Trailhead. From there, the elevation gain begins and does not let up until the Mount Eddy Summit. The trail in the last thousand vertical feet of the climb is filled with a banquet of amazing views many geographical landmarks that are now dwarfed by Mt. Eddy.
The Mount Eddy Summit is a viewing area beyond belief with the majestic Mount Shasta close to the East. Mount Shasta was covered in a cloud when we got to the top of Mount Eddy, but we were fortunate enough to see Mount Shasta revealed as the clouds blew away. We took as many pictures as seemed reasonable and then set off to beat the setting of the sun at the Park Creek Summit Trailhead. The entire trip up and back took us six hours; four hiking and two stopped.
Mount Eddy requires a certain level of endurance, skill, and, most of all, determination. The rewards are worth the effort with prize views in every direction. Browse the Internet for references about Mount Eddy; there are interesting facts and other ways to enjoy it. Sisson Callahan Trail is worth investigating if a vigorous mountain bike downhill from the top of Mount Eddy.