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Brokeoff Mountain Trail

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Brokeoff Mountain Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mill Creek, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until December.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,582 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

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.

recorded Brokeoff Mountain Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Great views as you climb after leaving the forest. Wonderful 360 degree views on the top. Great hike.

hiking
26 days ago

A beautiful hike that gives you a little bit of everything- creeks, deer, meadows, wildflowers, butterflies, crickets, pine trees, mountains & incredible views. It is a trek all the way up, but the views are incredibly worth it. We saw a gorgeous sunset and full moon rise (both fiery due to the fires going on) & you can see gorgeous Mount Lassen, Lake Almanor & Lake Helen. It gets really cold & windy on top of the summit so wear layers even gloves & a beanie! Highly recommend this hike.

hiking
27 days ago

So gorgeous. A million times more scenic than Mt. Lassen, and not really any harder: mountain lakes, three or four different eco-systems, wildflowers, creeks...the works!

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

Great forest views of peaks throughout. From the top, you can see Lassen up close and Mount Shasta and Lake Almanor in the distance. Steady and consistent grade all the way up. The summit got very windy and chilly, so bring a layer! Took us 3 hours and 20 minutes total.

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging due to the incline, but the terrain was easy to walk. Temperature in Sept was perfect. Bring lunch to eat on the top! It was also quite windy. I did the Shirley canyon trail at squaw valley the week before and it was much rockier and steeper in places. Overall, a fun hike!

hiking
1 month ago

A stunning trail with beautiful views of Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta. There’s a gradual evaluation gain to the summit which makes it manageable. It was super windy at the top, but there’s a nice little spot near a tree, just before the summit, that blocks the wind! It’s a perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the views of Lassen.

This is the most moderate gain in elevation you’re ever going to find doing a summit! Still made your legs work for it but no areas that are just straight climbing up. The views along the whole trail were so beautiful. Very hot though if you don’t start early even in the 70 degree weather. Lots of small shaded areas for breaks. The terrain is very loose dirt on a narrow trail once you’re a little over a mile to the top. Would definitely recommend boots and trekking poles! And bring a windbreaker it was very windy and chilly at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Great views of MT SHASTA and Lassen Peak. Take your time and enjoy the views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Beautiful on the way up. But very chilly at the top!

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

After we hiked the trail which we were told by the park ranger it was 5 miles out and back (WRONG!) we discovered it was about 9 miles...we are 56,58 and 65 y/o women in good shape and it took us just under 5 hours with many stops due to the heat. Take PLENTY of water and snacks ;). AN EPIC HIKE!!!

hiking
1 month ago

This was an amazing hike! We hiked it yesterday. However, our watches showed that it was around 9 miles not the original 6.8. It’s about 4.5 up and it’s pretty steep the whole time. It took us a little over 4 hours since we stopped for multiple breaks. Extremely hard trail if you aren’t in good shape, especially with the elevation gain. Bring tons of water. I went through about 1.5 liters just on the way to the top since it was hot and partly unshaded. It was warm and not too much cooler at the top. Definitely bring some food/snacks to enjoy and get some energy back at the top. It only took 2 hours going down, but be careful. It gets very slick since it’s loose gravel and dirt. Tons to trip and fall over on the way down. No snow on the trail itself. Definitely rewarding with the beautiful views all along the trail and at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, very nice views! The view from the top was amazing !

hiking
1 month ago

I think this one is better than Lassen! we encountered no snow on the trail proper, but saw small patches. It's a constant climb to the top and is steep in places, it gets a little harder the higher you go. Lots of shade along the first part, no shade towards the end. We were lucky and had no wind at the top, but I've heard that it gets windy at times. Bring lots of water and food to sit and enjoy the view at the top. We got to the top in around 2.5 hours, going down went faster. So far the best hike in the park for me, and well worth the work!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Lots of shade

hiking
2 months ago

Did this on Wed 8/7. Beautiful all the way, one of the best day hikes I’ve ever done. About 2/3 is through pristine forested meadows with lots of wildflowers and clear streams. One medium snow patch to traverse once breaking above tree line but the snow was mushy and easy to get through. Trail is pristine and mostly smooth, easy walking. Lots of different wildflowers on the last 1/3 of the trail too. Great 360 degree views from the summit. Saw less than 10 people all the time we were hiking. I did the Lassen Peak trail last summer, and this one was more enjoyable with more varied terrain and alot less people.

hiking
2 months ago

The wildflowers are beautiful now. Easy stream crossings, one muddy spot, one area of snow easy passable. I missed one sharp right turn on the switchbacks and ended up at the smaller peak next to Brokeoff. Wow some scary views over there. Got back to the trail and summit. Very windy. Tons of butterflies! Loved the variety this trail offers.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Beautiful incline through meadows, up until the accent to the summit. A spectacular butterfly migration was going on and quit enjoyable. There is one large snow patch left to cross, others are small enough to go around.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Tough hike but absolutely worth it. the 360 from the peak was beautiful. Recommend bringing poles - some sketchy snowy areas on the way up.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Patches of snow but trail open to top. Recommend trekking poles and gps. Beautiful hike with wild flowers and creeks. Amazing view from top!

hiking
3 months ago

Sixty to 70% of the trail was still covered in snow on Saturday July 6th. Parts of the first and last mile are snow-free. Expect quite a bit of trail-finding. Bring a map/GPS. Microspikes and trekking poles are helpful with all the snow and slush. Get started early, as when the day warms up and the sun shines, the snow gets super slushy and extra wet and slippery. The heavy snowpack, trail-finding, climbing over giant drifts or up steep, snow-covered sections, and traversing slick/slushy snowy, steep sections made this one of the most challenging hikes I've done. The views along the way (the overflowing creeks, frog pond, that avalanche snow field and the first glimpse at Brokeoff Mountain), and at the summit are awesome!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful views! Hiked this July 1st and the trail is still covered in snow above 7500 feet. Bring trekking poles and crampons; Garmin gps helped as well. Gets fairly steep due to avalanche near ridge.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Skinned up and ski’d down. Amazing view at the top of Mount Lassen. Snow was a little sticky but nice and soft and easy on the knees. Left my ski’s about 100 feet from the top and hiked the rest in my boots. Be a little cautious of avalanche; there were several small ones I saw when climbing.

hiking
7 months ago

Well maintained trail but some areas you have to cross like streams. Best time to go is late summer when most of the snow is gone, recommend checking the Lassen NP website for conditions on the trail

8 months ago

hiked several years ago with friends. We had a great time!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike

10 months ago

Great trail. A little challenging, but well worth the effort.

10 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! It’s beautiful the whole time you’re hiking, lots of flowers, wild life, and water (ponds, creeks). Definitely a harder hike but well worth it.

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