Overview: Haskell Peak is the second tallest peak in the Lakes Region of the Feather River Country of California with Sierra Buttes being the tallest. It was named to commemorate Edward W. Haskell who had a ranch at the base of the peak, not to be confused with Eddie (Edward) Haskell from "Leave It To Beaver". This is an interesting, fun, short hike with some altitude and rewards at the top. On the return you just might be whistling "The Toy Parade".
Hike: A well marked trailhead designates the start of this interesting hike. Don't let the mileage fool you. Its short but adds elevation gain to a sometimes faint trail to make it very interesting. There are some areas which hold snow pack practically year round and this requires some skill in staying with the trail. Don't expect to see anyone else as this is off the beaten path. The trail starts off in old growth forest and passes thru several small meadows and across a creek. Ferns and wildflowers line the smooth trail for a time. The trail gets steeper and serpentines to lessen the grade. From a northerly direction the trail makes a dramatic turn to the northeast and up to a saddle. An abrupt turn to the west brings you within sight of a talus covered knoll. This is one of several false peaks. There are fewer trees now and one of the first distant views is Sierra Buttes to the southwest. Continuing on you will see several more knolls. The knoll appearing on the right side of the trail thru the tree cover is your destination. It is distinguished by what appears to be a stone chimney on top. This cairn has been built by various visitors over the years. The trail now becomes rock talus up to the peak. There is no exposure or cliffs to worry about and most can make it to the peak by choosing the easiest route. The views offered at the top include Mt. Lassen, Sierra Buttes, Mt. Elwell and Eureka Peak. Before heading down, check out some of the other rocky knolls for more great views. When finished return the way you came.
One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
To hike Hwy 49 from Sierra City, Ca five miles east to Bassetts Station. Turn left on Gold Lakes Rd. Go 4 miles to FR 09 (Haskell Peak Road) Turn right, proceed east 4 miles to marked trailhead.