This trail begins from Hat Lake, paralleling West Fork Hat Creek southward to Paradise Meadows. It lies within the Lassen Volcanic Wilderness and extends one and a half miles from Highway 89 to the meadows. Before reaching Paradise Meadows a spur trail, leading westward, skirts them and pushes southward to Terrace Lake. Expect crowds at Terrace Lake as it can be accessed from the south on a very short route.
Begin this trail alon the eastern shore of Hat Lake on Highway 89. The route ascends steadily for the first two thirds of a mile. At this point the trail crosses a tributary of West Fork Hat Creek and almost immediately crosses it again. During the remainder of the hike the trail parallels the eastern bank of this tributary.
Continue hiking southward from the stream crossing. The trail climbs steadily along the drainage. At one and a third miles from the trailhead you'll notice a path joining your route from the west. This trail leads to Terrace Lake. Continue walking southward into the meadow. You'll notice the profusion of wildflowers in this large wet and grassy area. If you reach this area in early summer and the meadow is extremely wet be careful not to tread heavily through this delicate terrain. Once in the meadow you'll have great views of Lassen Peak, 8,929 feet, to your right and Reading Peak, 8,714 feet, directly ahead of you.
Directions: From Northwest Entrance, Drive southeastward along Highway 89 ten miles to the Paradise Meadows Trailhead. The trail begins .5 miles south of the Emigrant Pass turnout on the western side of the highway.
Elevation: 6,420 feet
Ending Elevation: 7,040 feet
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