Hat Creek Campground
Hat Creek Campground is located in the Lassen National Forest north of Lassen Volcanic National Park.
The campground will not win ribbons for aesthetics, but it is a popular destination for anglers who know the nearby streams are rich with trout. It also serves as a convenient overnight stopping place for travelers. Look for a trail marker indicating that the Nobles Trail, a Gold Rush era emigrant wagon route, passed through the campground along the bank of Hat Creek.
All the campsites at Hat Creek Campground are first-come, first served. There is a Group Campground at the south end of the campground which requires reservations. Supplies are available only a mile away in the town of Old Station.
The popular Pacific Crest Trail passes the campground just 0.2 mile out a trail that begins across the highway from the entrance to Hat Creek Campground. Subway Cave is 2½ miles north on the PCT. Thru hikers on the PCT sometimes stop for the night at Hat Creek. (Use the PCT button to find information about the Pacific Crest Trail at Hat Creek Campground.)
Hat Creek Group Campground
Hat Creek Group Campground has 3 sites, each of which can accommodate up to 50 people and 10 vehicles. Both tent and RV/trailer (up to 40 feet) camping are available at the group sites. Reservations are required.
Picnic tables, fire rings with grills, drinking water, flush and vault toilets, and utility sinks are provided.
Reservations: Hat Creek Group Camp
Fee: $80 per night
Other Lassen Group Camps
Pacific Crest Trail Information
Turn west on a side trail at Spatter Cones trail junction.
Trail Miles Northbound from Hat Creek Campground
- Highway 44 - 2.1 miles
- Subway Cave - 2.3 miles + 0.4 mile from trail (possibly last water for 29 miles)
Cave Campground across the highway
- small creek - 31.6 miles
- Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery - 32 miles
- Canada Border - 1,277.2 miles
Trail Miles Southbound from Hat Creek Campground
- Badger Flat spring trail junction - 11.8 miles
- Twin Lakes trail junction - 17.7 miles
- Warner Valley Campground - 25 miles
- Mexican Border - 1,372.8 miles
Old Station - 0.3 mile west of PCT at mile 1370.9
Post Office, mini-mart, JJ's Cafe, Hat Creek Resort & RV Park with lodging and camping
Always confirm mileages and directions with a reliable PCT source such as the Pacific Crest Trail Association's The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail.