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May 26 2018
JimmyLyding
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 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Mount Eddy TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar May 26 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking10.92 Miles 2,272 AEG
Hiking10.92 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.01 mph
2,272 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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This was the high point of a long weekend back at Trinity Lake. The first half of the hike is pretty easy as it's follows a contour on the Pacific Crest Trail, but it gets a little more cardio after that for a flatlander who's not used to high elevation as it ascends to Deadfall Lakes. The trail goes uphill through . There were a lot, and I mean A LOT, of people for what seemed like a remote area. However, it's a paved road all the way to the trailhead, and less than 2 hours from Redding so why are fellow travelers surprising?

Some guys warned me about the winds on the summit, and they weren't kidding. That might have been the strongest winds I've experienced in my life. Luckily there was a little spider hole on the small summit where I could hunker down for a snack out of the wind. Mount Shasta made brief appearances between the clouds blowing by, but it was difficult to get good pictures because my hands were freezing. The most scenic part of the hike may have been coming down from the summit with the upper reaches of the Sacramento River dominating the view to the south with the Trinity Alps in the distance.

It was cool seeing the northern foxtail pine (need a label) for the first time, or at least realizing it. There were lots of whitebark pines in the Deadfall Lakes basin, but not a lot of other vegetation due to the serpentine soil.
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Deadfall Lakes Mount Eddy
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average hiking speed 2.01 mph

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