HOT, hellish, horrific . . . are but a few terms used by hikers of the PCT to describe the Hat Creek Rim. June and July are prime time for those hiking the entire 2,650+ miles, from Mexico to Canada, in a single season (April thru September).
There are many reasons not to hike this section, including the fact that it’s rocky, dry, hot and barren, but for those who dare venture out on a clear, cool, blue-sky day, you’ll be treated to 360-degree views, interesting geology, plenty of scat and tracks to identify, and possibly even some aeronautic entertainment (hang gliders and birds soar the thermal drafts).
- For day hikes, consider accessing the Rim from the Overlook (to hike north) or Road 22 near the Lookout (to hike south).
- For day and multi-day access points along the PCT, I recommend the book, “Day Hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail – California” by George and Patricia Semb.
- For details about the Hat Creek Rim section of the PCT, I recommend the book, “Lassen Volcanic National Park – A Complete Hikers Guide” by Mike White.
- Information about the PCT can be found on my PCT Love page.
- Additional blog postings about related hikes I’ve taken can be found in my PCT Hikes category and the Lassen National Forest category.