[pct-l] Hat Creek Rim and Lost Creek

Pea Hicks phix at optigan.com
Thu Apr 30 02:09:44 CDT 2009

Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill wrote:
> Howdie,
> The ~26 miles of the PCT that includes the Hat Creek Rim seems to be  
> infamous for a lack of water.  I find this rather confusing as there  
> is a natural spring (Lost Creek) within ~700ft (~400ft of height) of  
> the trail.  Lost Creek feeds two PG&E power houses and appears to be  
> thousands of gallons per minute.  However, it is ~6mi from Old  
> station, so, that leaves another ~20mi to Crystal and Brown Lakes.
> Am I missing something?  Not drinkable?  Too many boulders?

if i remember correctly, that spring is way down in a steep boulder and 
brush choked canyon and is more or less inaccesible to hikers. if one 
were desperate, you could probably get down to the spring, but i've 
personally never heard of any hiker going down there. sure didn't look 
like a good idea to me, anyway.


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