this website is maintained by the shasta sky sailors, inc - the pioneers and developers of hat creek rim. we are very proud of our decades of development and maintenance at the site. our efforts include, but are not limited to the following:

pioneering the site back in 1975 (redding pilot bob norris first to fly the site), developing two launches, roads, setup and parking areas. the #3 lz, which more than doubles the safe soaring area of the rim, was cleared by us in 1993. since 1975 we've shouldered the needs of the site including the 1996 forest service requirement to have a special use permit. the use permit, along with our longstanding working relationship with the forest service, allowed for cattle guards at the entrance of the #1 & 2 lz. it also allowed for the huge parking area at the main launch and an improved road there, and at the #2 lz. over the decades we placed tons of ground cover at main launch to prevent the volcanic dust that once stained our gliders. we added a porta-potty to the most popular lz -the #2.

our group was proudly involved with every improvement at the site and in the majority of cases, provided the funding and labor. our work was always a labor of love, it was our way of giving back to the sport that provides so much satisfaction to so many.

in july of 2014, after forty years (and a decade of vandalism and other bs) we felt we'd done more than our share of giving back to the sport so we retired.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF THE EXTENSIVE FLYING RELATED GUIDES AND INFORMATION WERE REMOVED FROM THIS SITE DUE TO THE HIGH PROBABILITY THAT THOSE PAGES, LIKE MUCH OF OUR WORK AT THE RIM, WOULD BE CLAIMED BY THE HPAC/CSG AS THEIR OWN.

the links on the left are still active as are some of the links above. the site map offers visitors a good overall layout of the site. the 'videos', 'donations and volunteers at work' and the 'respect the rim' links are still active.  the camping/lodging link is packed with info for visitors to the site.

a special thanks to the flying community for their decades of support and donations. your donations and support were vital to the development and maintenance of the site.

fly safe.


NOTE FOR DISPERSED CAMPERS - Campfire Permits are now available online :)

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SAY WHAT????

The underlined comment below found on the Hat Creek Pilots Assoc. (AKA the Cloud Street Gang) website would be funny if it weren't a deliberate effort by them to rewrite the history of Hat Creek Rim.

The idea that "many volunteers from many different flying clubs have contributed to the look of the Hat Creek Rim flying site as it is today" is a grossly misleading statement to say the least.

The “look” of Hat Creek Rim “as it is today” was established in 1993, after the Shasta Sky Sailors received Forest Service permission to further develop the site by creating the #3LZ and the back launch. The site is today as it was then; two launches/setup/parking areas and three LZs.

In 1996 the Redding Paragliding Club joined us at Hat Creek Rim by stepping up to share the requirements and obligations of the Special Use Permit. In addition to the aforementioned, they created a PG launch, did improvements to the access road in to the #1LZ, and shared the operating expenses and the site maintenance for several years.

What did contribute greatly to our ability to expand and maintain Hat Creek Rim was the generous donations of the flying community. BTW, non of those donations came from the HPAC/CSG.

I challenge the HCPA/CSG to provide a single time that ANY other club contributed to the "look" of Hat Creek Rim. Unless of course the HCPA/CSG is referring to the resource damage they left in the #1 LZ in 2008.

A note to the HCPA/CSG; when you correct the misinformation on your website about the Shasta Sky Sailors these corrections will be removed - your choice...

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Here's a historical tidbit about Hat Creek Rim.

Back in the mid-1970s thick manzanita and brush (identical to that shown above) stood between us and a place to launch Hat Creek Rim. With only handtools a young group of Shasta Sky Sailors painstakingly cleared a primitive road, setup and launch area. It was arduous and dirty work thru thick brush but we were driven by the desire to fly.
Throughout the following decades the Shasta Sky Sailors continued to develop and expand the area. If you like what you find when you visit the rim, thank the many volunteers of the Shasta Sky Sailors. Without their effort there wouldn't be a flying site.

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