Baker Lake to Hat Creek Rim Trail

Burney, California 96013

Baker Lake to Hat Creek Rim Trail

Baker Lake to Hat Creek Rim Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Hat Creek Rim is a 1000-foot ridge that invites all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts to play—from dog walkers and hikers, to mountain bikers and even hang-gliding enthusiasts. It’s not unusual to see multicolored gliders floating on the thermals created when wind sweeps up the valley all summer. Indeed, the rim hosts a large hang-gliding event every Labor Day. While this hike is a blast in the spring, summer, and fall, winter is the time the girls love this jaunt the most. And so will you. If you’ve never tried snowshoeing, this is just the trip to learn. You’ll travel through a volcanic world that is softened by snow, and the terrain is flat and the path is wide. Unlike cross-country or downhill skiing, where there is a learning curve to good performance, the basics of snowshoeing have never changed. If you can walk, you can snowshoe."

More Baker Lake to Hat Creek Rim Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Hat Creek Rim is a 1000-foot ridge that invites all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts to play—from dog walkers and hikers, to mountain bikers and even hang-gliding enthusiasts."

"Much of the volcanic landscape just northeast of Lassen Park is flat, adorned with youthful forests where many plots of conifers began life together, are stunted in cinder, or both. The terrain is gentle, with hints of high desert and progressively sloped volcanoes. This is the tone of this remote route, which takes you into a large, treedotted meadow, the edge of Hat Creek Rim at its steepest section, and finally to shallow and probably snow-coated Baker Lake. This is a superb excursion following a cold front that dropped snow at this low of an elevation. Call ahead, or get set to try another route nearby at a higher elevation if there is no or too little snow here. Chances are you’ll have the entire route to yourself, even on holidays. Perhaps old tracks from cross-country skis, snowshoes, and/or dogs can be spotted. Speaking of tracks, watch for fresh footprints of predators, such as coyote and long-tailed weasel, or leaf eaters, such as mule deer or snow rabbit."

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Trail Information

Burney
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7
Distance
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1 to 6 hours
Duration
Year-round; hot in the summer, a great snowshoe route
Season
4,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,300 feet
Top Elevation
Lassen National Forest, Hat Creek Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Old Station
Local Maps

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Oct 2018