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Just hiked the trail for the first time. Amazing views, and I'll definitely be hiking Brokeoff again.

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14 days ago

October 7, 2018, first dusting of snow last week. Clear and sunny but 40 mph north east gusts at the summit. Trail off of the PCT isn’t hard to find, follows the Ridgeline. Pretty much all uphill. Incredible hike, Snow on the mountains adds a lot.

The hike was amazing. Will confirm what all others have said, first part is easy to moderate, it's just like walking in sand at the beach. It's annoying and works your calfs but it's not the worst thing in the world. Plus you get to walk parallel to the lava beds and it's kinda cool. So much rubble and then it just stops. Kinda cool to think about how it happened back then.

And then you see it. The cone. And the steep incline. And you wonder if you can make it. Here are the only two things I would say a) it looks a lot worse than it is especially if you notice how tiny the people are as they are walking up and b) please take sticks. My husband made me a stick from a dead tree close to the bottom and I don't know how I would have made it without. Everyone tells you how it's one step forward and two steps back but with a stick it rarely happens. And then, seriously. Don't let anyone rush you. The path is wide enough people can pass you. Take your time. Let your quad muscles relax again before you keep going. Slow and steady wins the race as the say.

The good news is that it only goes around the side once. So what you see is pretty much it. There's a last bend that you don't see from way down but really that's it's.

Then enjoy the top. Use the inner trails if you don't like heights but want to see some views.

But my biggest lesson (and maybe it's just my perspective). THE INITIAL SLOPE UP IS WAAAAAY EASIER THAN THE BACK ONE. Just in case there's confusion: the darker one is what I can the initial slope. It's the first one you see when you come from butte campground/Lake. That is way easier up and mainly wider. Less stones so less sliding. The back one, meaning the one on the side of the painted dunes, is half the width. We walked down it and it was horrible. Plus when you're done, the "flatter" hike is twice as long as if you take the main slope.

Lots of detail here as hopefully it's useful for those of you, who, like me, feel like they need to read up a lot on things before venturing.

Bottom line, as with all things that seem difficult, you'll be so proud once you've done it. You hiked up a freakin' volcano for goodness sakes!!!!

hiking
21 days ago

It’s easy to lose the trail just after you hit St Mary’s pass and around where you connect up w the PCT. Also, the final mile back to the trailhead is basically just walking along 108. Epic views all around and VERY windy at the top.

one of my favorite hikes in Lassen park. This is a must, if you only have time for one trail. I prefer this hike over Lassen peak any day.

hiking
1 month ago

I was staying Manzanita campground and to get to this part of the park you have to drive out the park and come back in to Butte Lake. The road to the trailhead is 6 mile unpaved road - passable by most cars. On this trail, the cinder/sand made difficult to walk and climb. This was a strange looking mountain. Very few trees were glowing on the slope. The view of painted dunes and lava beds down below from the top was spectacular. You can go down inside the cone if you still have energy to come back up. We did this and felt like we were in a gigantic bowl. We came down on the side where painted dune was and we were glad this was descend - very steep! When we were walking back to the car, we encountered a bear not a mile away from the trailhead. We walked away from the bear as far as we can go, checking on the bear who was looking at us a while but walked away after few minutes. This was definitely a memorable one in different ways.

hiking
1 month ago

When I arrived Lassen NP, I asked a ranger if she could do only one hike in the park what would that be. And this was the hike she said she would. So, off course our expectation was pretty high and this did not disappoint us. You can see 360 degree views from the top - the valley down below and the forrest in the park, Lassen next to it and Mt Shasta in the horizon. It was a little windy on the top. There is quite bit of flat area there unlike Lassen Peak, many of us can sit there and enjoy the view. It was very nice hike.

Easy, informative, and several trail lengths to accommodate. Very interesting history

The trail is MUCH harder than it seems. Its combination deep sand (cinder and ash) and incline. Its deceiving to be sure, but so so worth it. The hike goes along the Fantasic Lava Beds (yes, their real name) and are worth exploring to see if you can find volcanic glass. Keep going until you're at the base of the cinder cone (ansolutely awesome--seriously, I was awe-struck). I hung around the base for a while, snapping pics of two people making it up the path to the top. I'd recommended summiting in early, early morning if youre gonna do it cause that climb is relentless torture. So so so worth the drive, the hike, and the aching quads!

the scenery is great but the trail is basically soft sand the entire way and littered with horse shit. the campground area is a nice place to have lunch and spend some time but gets very busy so get there early or late if you plan on staying the night.

hiking
1 month ago

If you only have the time for one mountain in Lassen... I'd go Brokeoff over Lassen any day. It makes you work a little on some inclines, but overall it's pretty manageable. Fire season makes the views a bit less impressive, but if you get up early enough you might be able to peep some nice ones. The big, flat summit required no scrambling and the massive switch back to reach it made it so you were barely on an incline at the end. We managed it with a ten-month-old.
Easy to follow trail, lots of flowers, possibility of seeing some wildlife.

The view is worth the climb! Did this hike Labor Day 2018 with two 11 year olds and two 7 year olds.

One of my favorite hikes. lots of different micro climates, great views and an enjoyable hike.

Hiked Broke-off Mountain alone at age 67 with back pack expecting to to camp. At 2 miles in water was scarce. I ditched pack and day sacked to summit. Hazy day from fires and 85 + temperatures water was precious. Suggest to carry plenty and conserserve for hike out. Beautiful views, flowers, and butterflies. Difficult but doable round trip with day sack. Enjoy.

Great Long trail! There’s a clear path for the most part. There are laid out rocks when not clear. We were in pursuit of the Tuolumne Waterfall but it’s a simple stream running down creating many mini waterfalls.

So , awesome views good experience and a great workout. Downsides is it’s far from the main areas of the park also very far down a dirt road which is tough on your car. Very exposed not a lot of shade. No bathrooms nearby they were all closed. This was last year end of July 2017. Cinder means one step forward two steps back but on the bright side it is only .5 miles up the Cinder cone. The views from the top are magnificent though 360 views. This is a definitely a must at least once in your life. How many people can say they’ve climbed a volcano! It was great to have that feeling of accomplishment at the end of it all.

Great hike, thoroughly enjoyed the entire walk except for the overgrown parts right at the beginning. Took us 2 hours to get up (I was carrying a 3 year old) and about the same to come down, only because we were looking for a bear that someone else saw on the way up. Only saw about 15 people in the 5 hours we were out so it was relatively peaceful. Highly recommend. No reason this hike should be rated as "hard" in my opinion. If I can carry a child the entire way as never be worried about my footing I'd say it should be moderate. As of right now there is a small creek at 1.6 miles in that is a good place to fill water if you are filtering, that could have saved me from carrying quite so much water. Our GPS showed 7.5 miles and my Apple watch said 7.8 miles. Seems to be a theme with alltrails... Underestimating the mileage! Great hike, though, you are sure to enjoy it!

Only spent one day backpacking out here but wish we could’ve spent more. Absolutely beautiful trail with delightful surprises with new views as you make your way to camp. Definitely want to do this again with more days because from Glen Aulin, there’s other falls 3-5 miles out that I heard are gorgeous!

Glad to have hiked a volcano, however, loose gravel the whole way up and sand path on the way to and from the volcano. Good calf workout but not the most enjoyable hike we did in the park!

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular! Almost skipped due to trail being described as "hard" and for "expert" hikers. Good portion of the hike had shade, gradual incline until the summit which was somewhat rocky, but very doable. Lunched with butterflies on the summit. Bring water, temp was in the 80s, used all of my 32 oz.

I spent 6 days hiking the Yosemite High Sierras and stayed one night in each of the 6 tent camps and the best photo I have of the quintessential Yosemite view was taken from the bridge going over the Tuolomne River just before coming into the Glen Aulin High Sierra camp.

Absolutely stunning. Perfect first backpacking trip with plenty of water along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike! Very beautiful the first ten seconds you walk through a nice green area with water and awesome wildflowers!! We started our hike around 9 I would recommend a little earlier because it gets super hot but sine it’s so beautiful we pushed through. When you make it to the top the view is gorgeous you can see for miles and miles it’s really cool up there.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing!

Absolutely gorgeous hike. We were torn between Lassen and Brokeoff, but decided to do Brokeoff because of the varied terrain - we are so glad we did! So beautiful with streams, wildflowers, lichen covered trees. Great trail with gradual increase in elevation. Amazing views up top. 7.4 miles round trip according to GPS.

on Sonora Peak Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Great Route with all the climbing up front. A bit windy up top and lots of smoke from Northern California fires. Lost the trail a few times on the way up and definitely lost it on the way down as it ended at a rocky area, Just needed to climb down the rocks to see the trail start up again. Saw one Marmot on the way down and only 3 humans near the Pass parking lot.

The hike from the bottom of the cone to the top is a little hard because of the gravel. Took me 30 mins to hike up and less than 10 mins down. The experience of walking inside a volcano was exhilarating. Bring lots of water since there is no shade along the hike.

Hiked this trail Saturday June 30. Stunning! The vistas from the top were some of the best I've seen in the area. Pockets of snow but none on the trail. A couple of small creek crossings.
We started about 8am and the temp was pleasant, very warm on the way down. A couple of rock falls to climb over but easy to navigate.
Wildflowers were wonderful, and the butterflies were abundant.

Stunning views, ran into no people at all

hiking
3 months ago

I did this hike this weekend with my mom, sister (age 11) and son (age 4). I would say the first part of the trail is easy/moderate (due to the terrain) and then climbing up to the peak is hard. It was pretty at the top even with the smoke but I would not do this hike again and did not actually enjoy it (and I hike A LOT). Mainly because of the terrain you have to walk on. When you are headed up, you take a step forward just to slide back. With all that being said though we made it to the top and into the crater. It is nice (and a cool experience) when you get up there and I am happy we did it since we were there but wouldn’t do again.

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