Brokeoff Mountain Trail

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California 96063

Elevation Gain3,016ft
Trailhead Elevation6,640ft
Elevation Min/Max6640/9234ft
Elevation Start/End6640/6640ft

Brokeoff Mountain Trail

Brokeoff Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Shasta County and Tehama County, California. It is within Lassen Volcanic Wilderness and Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 6,640 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,016 feet. The trail ends near Brokeoff Mountain (elevation 9,232 feet).

Brokeoff Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike offers two rewards. First, you’ll travel through several plant habitats with a variety of multicolored wildflowers. Second, you’ll gain an excellent view of Lassen Park and Northern California that rivals that of nearby Lassen Peak, but you’ll share it with far fewer people. Brokeoff Mountain is a remnant of ancient Mount Tehama, a volcano that once rose to more than 11,000 feet before its catastrophic demise."

"At 10,457 feet, Lassen Peak has the premier views in the park. However, the vistas from Lassen Volcanic’s second highest summit are nearly as wonderful. Where Brokeo? Mountain wins over Lassen Peak in winter is the distance required to reach those respective views: the trip to the top of Lassen is 4 miles longer, with an additional elevation gain of 1,200 feet.

Peak baggers will marvel at the expansive vista from Brokeo? Mountain’s wee summit, including a vast area of the surrounding terrain, as well as nearby park landmarks, including Lassen Peak and some of the other remnants of ancient Mount Tehama."

"No doubt some will find this blasphemous, but Brokeoff Mountain is arguably the best mountain climb in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Yes, Lassen Peak is higher, and yes, the summit of Lassen Peak is wonderfully dramatic, with its staggering views and evocative crater. But Brokeoff Mountain features sublime hiking through varied terrain, a thrillingly exposed traverse along its summit ridge, and views of Lassen Peak that are unparalleled. Plus, even in the height of summer, when the trail up Lassen is a human highway, you may find yourself alone on the summit of Brokeoff Mountain. Just you, and the wind, and the views, and the wonder. Highlights: From the summit of Brokeoff Mountain, views stretch in every direction: north to Lassen Peak, east and south to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and Lake Almanor, and west across the upper Sacramento Valley."

"A stiff, 3.5-mile climb (which may feel more like 5 miles) leads to one of Lassen Volcanic’s more dramatic vistas, from the summit of 9,235-foot Brokeoff Mountain, so named for the ruggedly sheer north face of the peak. Not only will successful summiteers enjoy a superb view of Lassen Peak; this is also the best vantage point for examining the remnants of ancient Mt. Tehama’s caldera.

The scenery extends to the southern Cascades (including Mt. Shasta), northern Sierra, Sacramento Valley, and the coastal mountain ranges. Also notable is the trail itself, which travels through serene forest, passes by flower-covered meadows, visits dancing streams, and offers a short side excursion to the quiet surroundings of shallow Forest Lake."

"Everybody likes to climb Lassen Peak. Instead, you should try Brokeoff Mountain— a less traveled summit with views every bit as exceptional."

Brokeoff Mountain Trail Reviews

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Wow. Leaving for a trip in November we were excited the trail was still open, however it had a recent layer of snow and ice followed by more snow and ice at the summit. It was absolutely stunning. It is a constant climb, but the switchbacks make it manageable. Finally reaching the peak you have amazing views of Lassen, Mt. Shatsa and surrounding lakes. I felt like the scene in lord of the rings when they are trekking across the new zealand mountains. :-) This is a steady climb, but the views are spectacular and 2,000 feet lower than Lassen.
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Upper Bidwell park is my FAVORITE place to go hiking. I just love it. It is especially beautiful in the spring and fall. During the summer it is sooooo hot, you have to go before 9 o'clock to avoid heatstroke! This trail is a good one, not too long, not to short. 3 miles or so. Beautiful views!
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On 7/6/06, the trail was only clear for about the first mile. Early on, there was a fair size stream that probably came from melting snow that had to be forded. At the 1 mile point, the trail was covered with snow and at the 2 mile point, I gave up as I had no idea how close I was to the trail. Looks like the problem relates to heavy snows during the winter and a late melt. Whatever the reason, the trail is not usavble as of this date
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One of the best hikes in LVNP! Challenging and fun. The author's note regarding the solitude of the hike is accurate; we saw only one other couple. The terrain is varied and interesting; the view at the top of Brokeoff is awesome.

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Trail Information

Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Lassen Volcanic Wilderness
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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USGS Lassen Peak
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