Lassen County Highpoint Trip Report
Hat Mountain (8,737 ft)
Date: September 9, 2005
Author: Ken Jones
For a shorter hike than Suttle's book lists, follow his driving directions to
the fork at 18.8 miles. At this point, he sends you left (where there is a sign
indicating that you will be switching to road 38N18A). You can confirm that you
are at the right intersection by this sign and (as of the date of this report)
because the gravel road switches to unimproved dirt whether you go right or left.
Go right and follow the main track until you are no longer comfortable driving it.
You will want to use the topo map to track your progress, as there are many
ATV trails in the area and some of the forks are confusing. I got my rental
Ford Escape somewhere into the eastern part of Section 28.
For the hike, I could not find the marked trail to the ridge south of me,
so I ended up going cross-country. I'd suggest heading more or less south to
southeast (staying in the trees, not the brush) to the ridge where you can pick
up the mapped trail. It's a two-track road but doesn't appear to see much traffic.
Follow the road northeast as far as it goes toward the peak, then go
cross-country. There are a couple of possible high bumps, both with registers.