Hat Creek Rim Campsite


14.1 miles  700' elevation gain

best season: 
mid Apr-mid June,  Oct-mid Nov
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

There is no water at the campsite, but water is available at Lost Spring 0.9 mi up the PCT and down a 0.4mi spur trail.  It is a very large spring and worth a visit.  Listen for Canyon Wrens

The campsite has 15 cozy tent sites nestled in pine and juniper, and a fire ring with full views of Mount Shasta for your sunset viewing pleasure.  In 2017 there was a resident wood rat who like to collect colorful objects for its nest

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

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