Hat Creek Rim


13.9 miles  1100' elevation gain

best season: 
 late Apr-early June
but not if snow below:

2:55 drive (includes shuttle)

dogs welcome


This is a legendary part of the Pacific Crest Trail.  The thru hikers arrive in July to find 90F temperatures and no trailside water for 30 trail-miles

We hike it in spring when there are abundant wildflowers and the surrounding mountains are cloaked in snow.  The views of Mount Shasta and Lassen Peak are stunning.

Wildflowers peak mid May-early June.  Fall color peaks about Nov 1st

The only water is down a steep side trail to large, clear Lost Spring.

It is an excellent late spring hike, while the Sacramento Valley is heating up, but the High Country is still under snow

It is a shuttle hike, you need two cars. In 2021 there is a shuttle service for hikers out of Burney

current weather forecast

Maps  revised Apr 2021

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KML track of hike

This hike is in Lassen National Forest; owned by the public, managed by Lassen National Forest. Backpacking welcomed; campfires welcomed except late Summer & early Fall.