Brokeoff Mountain Trail

HARD 76 reviews

Brokeoff Mountain Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mill Creek, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until December.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,542 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

Climb one of the park's best trails to experience the unrivaled views from the summit of Brokeoff Mountain. Located four hours northeast of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it's a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with a passing interest in geology. Many folk head to Lassen Volcanic National Park with a plan to hike Lassen Peak, and for good reason - it's a really good signature hike for the park. However, if you have time to hike only one peak on your travels choose Brokeoff Mountain which affords you some of the best views of the park from the summit, including great ones of Lassen Peak.

hiking
1 day 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
10 days ago

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.

hiking
16 days ago

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.

19 days ago

Stunning views, ran into no people at all

hiking
21 days ago

We hiked Brokeoff Saturday morning. It was a beautiful day with blue skies and no wind. I really enjoyed all the beautiful scenery on this hike. I would recommend hiking poles on the way down; helps save the knees.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike, the sign says 2 hours one way, it's more like 2.5 hours up and 2 down. Did this in late June and there was still snow. However, warm and did the whole thing on a thin t-shirt and track pants. We were warned about fallen trees and rock falls, but, saw one fallen tree, the trail is pretty cool. Bring lots and lots of water, there's not much shade as you go higher. Beautiful views, definitely worth the hard work. The sign also says Moderate, but, I'd classify this as strenuous. Youre climbing 2300 ft at 6600 ft elevation.

1 month ago

Not well marked right now tons of snow

hiking
2 months ago

Summer Trail- a beautiful traverse through meadows, forests, past streams, and up across the side of Brokeoff Mountain. Great views of the surrounding Lassen Park. The final 1/3 of the hike has the best views as the trail wraps around the west side of Brokeoff. Plan to spend some time at the peak, as the views of Lassen Peak are great (though be careful, there are many large drop-offs.)

Winter- snow shoeing this hike is also a true joy. We followed a set of tracks that seemed to very closely parallel the summer trail. There is no "avalanche forecast" for the Lassen area so use your best judgement and don't proceed too far past the 1.5mile meadow if the snow appears unsafe. The final 0.5mile of the "winter route" proceeds directly upwards, instead of switch backing. A difficult finish to a moderately difficult climb.

4 months ago

Hiked it last weekend February 10th. I had rented snowshoes and my friends had crampons. Wish I got the crampons. It was hard and icy and towards the top the snowshoes lost traction and I slipped twice at the top before the summit and had to turn back. Slid through rocks to stop first slide and second time had to flip snowshoes toe picks down to slow glissade or I would have ended up down at the bottom of the mountain on the steep western slope. Hike was challenging and fun other than that. Views are priceless.

hiking
7 months ago

Made it up the the ridgeline but turned back on account of not having snowshoes or crampons to handle the ice on steep terrain up to the summit. Will definitely return with the proper gear. Trail was easy enough to follow until the treeline starts thinning. Just keep switchbacking towards the ridge at that point. There's a small cairn, not visible from below the ridgeline, marking where the trail meets the ridge. Views are definitely worth the effort, even just from the ridgeline.

7 months ago

Hard but worth it. Views of Lassen are spectacular. Bring a summit beer and enjoy the views!

hiking
8 months ago

Difficult at times but the views are more than worth it! Lassen peak and the surrounding area are gorgeous. If you’ve done the peak you can easily do this trail. Definitely recommend a lot of water and a fully charged camera! Also, the peak is windy so pack accordingly.

hiking
8 months ago

A great hike with amazing views!

9 months ago

Beautiful. The climb is distributed all over the climb so no big push! Gorgeous views all around!

hiking
10 months ago

This has been my favorite trail so far in Lassen! The hike was great from start to finish. It took about 3 hours 45 min with a 15 min break at the the top. Perfect view of Lassen Peak, and lots of good viewpoints along the trail. I highly recommend doing this trail when you visit the park, it was unforgettable.

I've been up Lassen Peak 5 times since the 90's. Brokeoff is more scenic and a bit tougher climb. Not quite the elevation, but the views are startling.
Do this one above the peak trail. You won't be sorry.

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice hike with change in terrain and flora. Lots of cicadas. Lots of queen ants at the top. What's with that? Much we're Hike than Lassen Peak

hiking
11 months ago

I love this hike! It's both beautiful and challenging. It took me about 3 1/2 hours total at an average pace with little breaks. There are streams, wildflowers, and the view of Lassen Peak from the top is breathtaking. I have even seen deer on this hike before. Highly recommended

11 months ago

Awesome awesome awesome hike. Has it all - views, wild flowers, waterfalls, and variable terrain. Good amount of shade except near the top. It's definitely a work out but well worth it. Highly recommend this one.

hiking
11 months ago

Saw beautiful flowers all along the trail. Amazing view at the top !

11 months ago

called ranger, location NOT DOG FRIENDLY

11 months ago

Hiked this today, saw a half dozen other hikers going the other direction so not too many brave Brokeoff. Worth the view at the top, but definitely on the more strenuous side, especially at the end. Can do this hike in about 4 hours if you don't spend too much time at the top. The snow made the trail a little hard to follow so we just climbed some rocks around it until we found the trail again. Would definitely recommend, make sure you bring plenty of water though.

hiking
11 months ago

7/29/17. Great day for a hike. Snow melted all but 100 yards of trail. Flowers in full bloom. beginning of trail with shade and running stream, then climb out to show great views of the valley, Lasses peak, Shasta off in the distance, and many other sites. Yes, this hike has some elevation gain but is worth every step.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

We hiked to the top and while we brought mini-spikes and trekking poles we didn't need either. Snow crossings were a bit slippery in the afternoon slush but nothing treacherous. Altitude slowed us down but still made the round trip loop + photos in 4:20 Very pretty hike with awesome 360 views at the summit.

snowshoeing
Thursday, July 06, 2017

I frequently snowshoed Broke-off this spring. If you are going in early spring please have good caution, and beware of the small creeks that run through this trail. This is a really fantastic snowshoeing and hiking experience. During the summer it is a wide variety of landscapes, and during the winter it is gorgeously monolithic.

hiking
Friday, March 25, 2016

Haven't done this hike in a few years, but it is more of a work-out than the Lassen Peak trail . A very nice glen of trees to stop and rest along the way. Take enough water! I climbed it in the middle of August and ran out of water at the top. :)

hiking
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

One of the best hikes in the park!

hiking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

This is one of my favorite hikes in Lassen. It's strenuous, but has a lot of variety--forest, meadows, a creek, & outstanding views from the top!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What a most beautiful view from the top. The best trail in the Lassen Park.

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