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Hat Creek Campgrounds and Recreation Sites
Along Highway 89 North of Lassen Volcanic National Park

USDA Forest Service
Management Unit:
Hat Creek Ranger District
Lassen National Forest
95 South Sacramento Street
Susanville CA 96130
(530) 252-6428

  • Mens / Womens Restrooms
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Tent Camping
  • Site Fee
  • Fishing
  • Interpretive Fish Site
  • River Access
  • Wildlife Viewing Area
Hat Creek is one of Northern California's most scenic and best fish habitat streams in Northern California. A number of springs just north of Lassen Volcanic National Park, provide good clear water to this prolific trout stream. Numerous scenic views await the naturalist in many of the recreational sites along Hat Creek.

The following list of recreation activities are available in the Hat Creek Recreation Area. Subway Cave - See an underground cave formed by flowing lava. Located just off Highway 89, 1/4 mile north of Old Station junction with Highway 44. The lava tube tour is self-guided and the walk is 1/3 mile long. Bring a lantern or strong flashlight as the cave is not lighted. Sturdy shoes and a light jacket are advisable. Subway Cave is closed during the winter months.

Spattercone Trail - Walk a nature trail where volcanic spattercones and other interesting geologic features may be seen. The trailhead and parking area are located just inside the Sanitary Station across the highway from Hat Creek Campground on Highway 89 in Old Station. The trail has a round trip distance of 1.5 miles. Because the trail is not shaded we suggest you take this adventure in early morning or late afternoon hours.

Hat Creek Rim - Nearly 1 million years ago, active faulting gradually dropped a block of the Earth's crust (now Hat Creek Valley) 1,000 feet below the top of the Hat Creek Rim, leaving behind this large fault scarp. This fault system is still "alive and cracking." A heritage of the Hat Creek area's past, it offers magnificent views of Hat Creek Valley, Lassen Peak, Burney Mountain, and, further away, Mt. Shasta. Access is by dirt and gravel roads. This site can be seen parallel and east of Highway 89 in Hat Creek Valley. You'll also notice a fire scarred area on the Rim. This area was burned over during the 1987 Lost Fire which burned over 24,000 acres of land. The Hat Creek Rim with its gentle late afternoon, early evening thermal uplift, known as "Glass off," provides a unique opportunity for hang gliders and para gliders. A launch site and parking area have been constructed on top of this 700 foot escarpment for this purpose, along with two landing zones directly below the launch. A U.S. hangliding association level III rating is recommended for flying this world famous site.

Vista Point - The southern extent of the Cascade Mountains may be seen from this point. Get a good photo of Lassen Peak from the photo trail. Vista Point is located in a northbound paved turnout along Highway 44/89 four miles south of Old Station Post Office.

West Prospect Fire Lookout - Learn how forest fires are detected while enjoying a panoramic view of northern Lassen Park and surrounding Lassen National Forest. Turn off Highway 89 one mile south of Big Pine Campground and travel 12 miles to reach the lookout. Trucks are advised. Open during the summer, seven days a week. Lookout hours are 9:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Nobles Trail - This historical trail was established in 1851. A prospecting party led by Nobles crossed from Indian Valley to Honey Lake Valley. Nobles was later hired to shift the stream of immigrants to the town of Shasta. The trail continues on through Susanville, past the north side of Lassen Volcanic National Park, and ends at Redding. An alternate route that Nobles used, goes through the Old Station area. You will see markers of this trail at Hat Creek Campground and Eskimo Hill.

Fishing Access Trail - This is a four mile trail between Cave and Bridge Campgrounds adjacent to Hat Creek. This trail shows off the multicolored wildflowers growing in the Hat Creek area. You'll also find some of the best fishing holes around.

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