After a long few days of peakbagging, we had saved Hat Mountain as the easy, half day peak to wrap up, since we had a 6 hour drive back home afterword. The drive in was familiar, having just done Eagle a couple days prior, and we took what is considered the standard route, dropping 600 feet down to Lost Lake, with a portion of this being a bushwhack. Once on the other side of the Lake it is a steep climb up, mostly through forest, thankfully, as it was quite warm. The ground cover also gave good, solid footing for the ascent. Once the trees ran out we had to push through scrub which gradually got smaller and easier as we went higher. We visited the true high point first, then the point previously marked as the high point with Suttle's register second. On descent we stayed further right (east) which really worked well, we were in the forest longer and came out almost right at Lost Lake. The last climb of 600 feet back up to the car was hot and uninspiring.
I hiked this on with Al Sandorff after doing two NV p2k's (drive-ups) with him and Dean Molen earlier in the day.
Down to Lost Lake (no markers but stay close to stream). Then up through the forest. Best not to stray too far to the west. Signed both registers
Climbed the east face, a 2300' climb. Pretty neat local adventure for us.
Not difficult but a bit more than I had expected. Love this remote area and hope to go back sometime. Climbed Eagle the next day.
Climbed with derbilly. Several contending HPs on the summit, each with its own register.
A day of P2ks and CoHPs. Made it to Hays Canyon Pk, Hat and Eagle.
It was hot and the black flies were biting. Earlier in the day I hiked Star Peak in Nevada
It was fairly early in the morning when I did this one, having done Eagle Mtn (Modoc) the day before. There was a huge amount of people in the area and so I wanted to get this one done before most of them got up and started driving on the dirt roads (dust, lots of dust). I went down to the small lake and then up, fairly close to the tree line. I noted that Bob Packard had signed the register with green which indicated that Lassen County was the final county highpoint in California for him. Dennis Poulin, my companion for Eagle the day before had done Hat just two days prior after doing Star in Nevada on the same day. Yikes, what a day that was for him. Nice views but Eagle Mtn is more of a gem.
A very fun day with my son, tagging Hat and getting in some fishing. Climbed Eagle Peak in the late afternoon making for a very long day. Trip Report
An enjoyable time with plenty of cross country travel. Someone has put up orange surveyors tape along the faint trail along the stream that helped with the trip back to the car. I got Ingalls Peak (Plumas CoHP) later that day