Boulder Peak (Trinity Divide, CA) 20-Jul-2021

There were a few hikes we wanted to do west of Mount Shasta, California. Rather than spend hours driving back and forth to individual hikes, we basecamped in a hotel (as even tough and stupid has its limits) in Mount Shasta and did three different hikes from there. Not only did this avoid a lot of driving, it also meant that we could arrive at the respective trailheads way early – in the cool of the morning – without having to roll out at o-dark-thirty. These early starts also got us back to town before the day really heated-up. We were also fortunate that this trip coincided with a brief cooling spell (90°F (32°C) versus 105°F (40°C)) and a wind shift that blew the wildfire smoke eastward (sorry North Dakota 😯), giving us almost clear skies. So something of bright spot in an otherwise trying summer. Not to mention us not having to eat my cooking for a few days. 😉

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McCloud River Falls (Shasta-Trinity Nat’l Forest) 23-Jul-2020

As we were leaving Mount Shasta for home, we decided to swing by and see the three main falls on the McCloud River. These get written-up in almost every tourist guide for the Mount Shasta area and we didn’t want to disappoint the local tourist bureau by not doing our bit as tourists. The falls are an easily accessible, extremely popular destination – rightfully so, but we hoped to see them without having to dodge milling crowds. Judging from the width of the formal trails – and the numerous intersecting use trails – these falls are probably over-run with visitors in a “normal” year. While these waterfalls undoubtedly deserve more time than we gave them, we were able to visit all three while encountering only a dozen or so other visitors. 🙂

Lower Falls (15 feet / 4.5 m high)
Middle Falls (50 feet / 15 m high, 100 feet / 30 m wide)
Middle Falls
Upper Falls
McCloud River above the Upper Falls

China Mountain (Shasta-Trinity National Forest) 26-Sep-2017

China Mountain Shasta-Trinity National Forest California

Well, the smoke has been blown away (mostly) and the wildfires that generated it are being brought further and further under control.  However, it will take a big, wet storm to finally quell them all.  Speaking of storms, the state’s October to December seasonal climate forecast for our area predicts stronger-than-usual storminess – with the first installment coming as early as later this week.  Having had them deferred because of heat and smoke, we’re trying to squeeze in a few hikes before we’re hit by wet and cold.  Thanks to the  Hike Mt Shasta website, we’ve had China Mountain in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on our list for awhile and today seemed like as good a time as any to go hike it.

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One Last Gasp (Mount Eddy) 09-Sep-2017

Mount Eddy Shasta-Trinity National Forest California

A line of weather – the remnants of Tropical Storm Lydia – passed through our area earlier this week, bringing with it some brief, but much appreciated, precipitation.  This moisture cut a lot of the smoke out of the air and gave crews a chance to get a better grip on the many wildfires still burning/smouldering in the surrounding forests.  Temperatures were down too, which also helped with the wildfires.  But air quality in the valley was still marginal, so, once again, surrounding summits were called upon for fresh air.  After Mount Ashland, Aspen Butte, and Mount McLoughlin, the remaining nearest tall one was Mount Eddy, a 9,025-foot peak due west of Mount Shasta; one that we’d hiked previously in 2009 and 2015.  It’s a popular moderate hike past lakes to big views (particularly of Mount Shasta) and one high enough to be above much of the remaining smoke.  With The LovedOne once again volunteering at the library, I did this hike mainly for exercise in some fresh air.

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Mount Eddy (Shasta-Trinity National Forest) 06-Jul-2015

Mount Eddy Deadfall Lakes Shasta-Trinity National Forest California

Mount Eddy is the 9,025-foot peak immediately west of Mount Shasta and the Deadfall Lakes are in the basin just to the west of the peak. A hike to the summit offers views, lakes, and, because it’s all at 6,800 feet or above, pleasant air temperatures even when those in the valley are flaming hot. And the trailhead is just 13 miles west of Interstate-5 via good, but twisty, paved roads. Our last hike of Mount Eddy was back in 2009, so a return visit seemed due. This time, however, we started at the Parks Creek Trailhead (rather than the Deadfall Creek Trailhead further west on Forest Road 17) and took the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to the lakes – it’s a better trail and we saved 600 feet of elevation gain (which is good now that we’re 7 years older).

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