WELCOME TO THE 45th (2020) SEASON AT HAT CREEK RIM.  The information here comes from the club that actually pioneered the site and who spent countless hours over four decades maintaining and improving it.  Every improvement you see at the site is a direct result of our hard work and our negotiations with the Forest Service. USE THE MENU ABOVE AND LEFT TO  NAVIGATE AROUND.                                                      
If you need more info, feel free to contact us. Campfire permits available online, get yours.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO FEES, DONATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS OR FOREST SERVICE PERMISSION NEEDED TO FLY HERE, OR TO HAVE A VOICE AT THIS PUBLIC SITE. HOWEVER, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMENDED THAT YOU BE A USHPA MEMBER.

As the pioneers and developers of hat creek rim, we are understandably proud of our work. Our decades of development and maintenance here have provided the flying community with decades of enjoyable soaring adventures.

Since pioneering the site in 1975 we've been instrumental in every major improvement at the site.  Our work is always a labor of love; it is 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 by so-called 'locals') we felt we'd done more than our share of giving back to the sport.

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.

CHECK OUT OUR 1970s VINTAGE FLYING FOOTAGE ON YOUTUBE - including our flying at Hat Creek Rim in 1977..

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Here's a historical tidbit about Hat Creek Rim.

The X in the photo below marks the current location of the expansive launch and parking area at Hat Creek Rim. This 1970s photo taken by Phil Sergent, shows what the area looked like before our club (the Shasta Sky Sailors) painstakingly cleared a road, setup and launch area. It was arduous and dirty work thru thick brush.
Throughout the following decades and up until 2014, the Shasta Sky Sailors continued to develop and expand the area. If you like the what you find when you visit the rim, thank the many volunteers of the Shasta Sky Sailors and the countless pilots, club members and  supporters whose donations made it all possible.      

Follow / Post on the Hat Creek Rim page.

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Hat Creek Pilots Association are Promoting Bogus Information


The  Hat Creek Pilots Assoc. (AKA the Cloud Street Gang, AKA Friends of Hat Creek Rim), are the current Use Permit holders and are posting inaccurate information on their website (shown below x2).

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, two setup areas, two parking areas and three LZs.

Furthermore, you do not need to contact the Forest Service (or anyone) for permission to fly Hat Creek Rim (as they mistakenly indicate below).
I talked recently to the Forest Service District Ranger (December of 2019) and she assured me that no permission by them is needed to fly, camp, play, mountain bike, backpack, etc., etc. on this public land. In fact, The Special Use Permit and its requirements are only binding to the HPAC and their members.


 


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