Our adventure begins this morning in Mount Shasta, California, where we meet our guides and fellow travelers. After a brief orientation, pack check, and equitable distribution of group gear, we depart in our group transportation to Gumboot Saddle Trailhead to start our adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail. Hiking along the flanks of Gumboot Mountain, our trail is nearly level and we are surrounded by tranquil open country with the impressive Mount Shasta in view. Along the trail we find a scenic spot for a picturesque lunch. Our campsite tonight is on the shore of Porcupine Lake beneath Porcupine Peak. After setting up camp, there is time to explore the area, swim in Porcupine Lake, venture off to nearby Toad Lake, scramble on boulders along the lakeshore, or enjoy one of the many short hikes around the area free from your backpack. Tonight we enjoy a tasty meal prepared in camp by our guides and go to sleep under a blanket of stars. Lunch and dinner included.
Backpacking: 6.2 miles; elevation gain: 750'.
We’ll wake to the smell of brewing coffee and take our time to enjoy a hearty backcountry breakfast. With our boots laced, we’ll then hit the trail to continue our journey on the PCT towards scenic Deadfall Lake. Today’s stretch of the trail will find us hiking through lovely mountain meadows and taking in the sprawling views of the majestic southern Cascade Range. This afternoon we will arrive at Deadfall Lake which is situated at the base of Mount Eddy and almost entirely ringed by great mountain peaks. After making camp we again have plenty of time to take a dip in the lake, participate in a short hike to other nearby lakes and ridge tops, or just take time to reflect on the day’s journey along the serene lakeshore. After a delicious dinner prepared by our guides we go over the next day's optional hike, the challenging summit of Mount Eddy. All meals included.
Backpacking: 6.4 miles; elevation gain: 400' elevation.
Mount Eddy awaits! At 9,026' and the highest summit in the Klamath Mountains, Mount Eddy provides hikers with remarkable views that, on a clear day, reach all the way to Mount McLoughlin in Oregon. We'll hike 1.8 miles and gain 1,800' elevation up to the summit where we'll enjoy lunch with a view and reflect on all we've accomplished and learned over the last three days. On our way back down we'll pick up our packs at Deadfall Lake and hike back to the trailhead, where our shuttle to Cold Creek Inn awaits. Depending on trail conditions, weather, and other factors, we estimate arriving back to Mount Shasta in the late afternoon. Breakfast and lunch included.
Hiking: 3.6 miles; elevation gain/loss: 1,800'; Backpacking: 2.1 miles; elevation loss: 750'.