Hogback Ridge southwest slope

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California, United States, North America
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Hogback Ridge southwest slope
Created On: Apr 11, 2015
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Northwest Clear Lake from Hogback Ridge
Northwest Clear Lake from Hogback Ridge
This is a direct hike up the Clear Lake side of out of the town of Nice to the 2,881' middle summit of Hogback 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.

Getting There

Clear Lake northwest shore
Northwest Clear Lake from Hwy 20
Start of hike to Hogback Ridge
Start of hike
From Upper Lake: From the junction of Hwy 29 and Hwy 20 take Hwy. 20 east 4.7 miles to Lakeview Drive. Go left on Lakeview .9 mile curves around right to Plumas. Take a left on Plumas which curves around to the left to Yuba. Got right on Yuba up the hill a short distance to the gate by the watertanks. Park off to the side.
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.

Route Description

Last section to top of Hogback Ridge
last section to top
descending Hogback Ridge southwest slope
looking down the route
Hogback Ridge southwest slope
Looking up the route from the start to the left of the house and along the brush line to the right.
Starting elevation is about 1,600'. Walk around the gate and go straight up the use trail (sans fireroad) to the left of the house on the right. Continue climbing to about 2,500' where it levels off a bit and goes to the right. It comes to an open hillside then up the last 300' to the top.
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.

Essential Gear

West from Hogback Ridge
West from Hogback Ridge
Northwest from Hogback Ridge
Northwest from Hogback Ridge
Warm clothing in winter. Winds can pick up across the lake hitting Hogback Ridge first.
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.

Few more pics

Northwest Clear Lake
Northwest Clear Lake with Hogback Ridge right
Pine Mtn. and Mtn. Konocti from Nice
Southeast from the foot of Hogback RIdge
Northwest Clear Lake
Northwest Clear Lake from Hogback Ridge

Hogback Ridge southwest slope

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