Back when we were in California in late August, Dan and I did one of my most adventurous rides yet! (besides Timp:)) Grandpa and Sam shuttled us about 45 minutes to the Deadfall Meadow trail head. Our goal was to ride/hike-a-bike up to the Mt. Eddy pass and ride all the way down to Mike’s house (Siskiyou-Callahan Trail). Mt. Eddy is west of Mt. Shasta.
And what an adventure it was! Thankfully, I’m now the type of person that enjoys a big challenge and I’ve come to really enjoy suffering, especially on a bike. This makes Dan more than happy and excited. Like, way beyond excited that we can now do these things together.
Distance: 18.4 miles
Total time: 3 hrs 13 minutes
Moving time: 2 hrs 27 minutes
Elevation gain: 2,546 feet
Decent: 4,700 feet Oh yeah!
Making our way up the trail. Started out mellow with some swampy spots. Got steeper and steeper as we got closer to the pass. It was BEAUTIFUL… the entire way.
Lots of hiking our bikes and trying to ride as steep as we could. SO worth it.
Can’t really tell, but this was steep.
We crossed the Pacific Crest Trail. This is super popular and now I can say I was actually on it…for a minute or two 🙂
And this is where it got stupid steep. I was off my bike near the top of this one. Dan powered up it. LOVED it!
And then you top out to two lakes (Deadfall Lakes) before making the last climb to the pass.
Mt. Eddy. Seriously gorgeous.
Making our way to the pass.
Made it! Views from Mt. Eddy pass. Perfect weather. Perfect day.
Top of the pass, looking up to the trail that summits Mt. Eddy
As soon as we started down the other side, it was steep, steep! Perfect for Dan, but pushed my limits in a few places. Soon enough though, it mellowed out and was pretty technical for the entire 4,700 foot decent. Yeah, it was LONG and totally awesome!
Dan was giggling and giggling with a permanent smile the entire way down. It was so good!
We finally made it to Lake Siskiyou, 8 miles later. Sure felt way more than that because of how long you get to ride downhill. Awesome bridge, right? Right!
Dan decided to jump off. Might as well cool down and wash off before we get back to Grandpa’s 🙂
Definitely one of my top three rides I’ve done yet. We would do it again for sure!