Virtual Guidebook to Lassen Volcanic Park and the Modoc Plateau
Hat Creek
Lassen National Forest California


Hat Creek is fed from very cold and pure springs at the edge of the lava flows north of Mount Lassen. This is an exceptionally beautiful stream running through a lovely forest, world famous for its trout fishing. But don't plan on taking any home for dinner, most of this creek is reserved for catch-and-release fly fishing.

Subway Cave is a popular lava tube cave in the Hat Creek Lava Flow.



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Hat Creek is considered one of the finest trout fishing streams anywhere

(July 22, 2011)


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Catch and release is required on some stretches of Hat Creek

(July 22, 2011)


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Some stretches of Hat Creek are heavily forested, others are open forest, and in a few places it runs through meadows or lava beds

(July 22, 2011)


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At the mouth of Subway Cave, a popular lava tube cave near the source of Hat Creek

(July 22, 2011)


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Eerie lighting effects from groups of children with flahslights and glow-sticks

(July 22, 2011)


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