OverviewHogback Ridge (2,979'). It's pretty much a straight up grunt up an old abandon fire road so steep I pondered what vehicle could make a go of it. The views from the ridge are truly exceptional. One of the finest of the northwest end of the lake. Figure 2 miles round trip and 1,300' gain.
From Clearlake Oaks: From the junction of Hwy. 53 and Hwy. 20 a few miles east of Clearlake Oaks take Hwy. 20 23.2 miles to Lakeview Dr. and follow the directions above.
I hiked off to the side in the grass most of the way to avoid slipping on the steep crumbly rock of the trail itself.
Once on the ridge you can hike along to the other high points. The main summit 2,979' is the next one to the east. A brief descent and walk-up brings you to the top covered with low brush but still possessing excellent views.
Plenty of water, hat and sunscreen in summer. Even though it's a short hike it is an open slope getting very hot in summer.