Lassen – Hat, Terrace and Shadow Lakes

Terrace Lake in front followed by Shadow Lake. Reading Peak stands guard.

There are several trails leading to these lakes. We began from the Paradise Meadow trailhead.

The trail initially follows along the West Fork of Hat Creek, offering easy access and cooling off opportunities.


Paradise Meadow, with Reading Peak off to the left.

Climbing toward the lakes offers great views of Chaos Crags

And views back down into Paradise Meadow, as well as across the valley to Raker Peak and Badger Mountain, areas severely burned in the 2012 28,000 acre Reading fire.

Gorgeous Shadow Lake

Hat Lake is just off the Park Road near the Paradise Meadow trailhead. The West Fork of Hat Creek and seasonal Hat Lake are in this meadow, with Lassen Peak to the right and Crescent Crater visible to the left.

Jan’s Tips:

  • Be prepared for mosquitoes during the early summer months.
  • For map and trail information, reference my Trail Links page.
  • Additional blog postings about related hikes I’ve taken can be found in my Lassen Volcanic National Park category.
  • A park pass is required. One can be accessed at the Visitor’s Center, or your Annual Whiskeytown Park Pass can be used.


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