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Brokeoff Mountain Trail

HARD 220 reviews

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

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bird watching

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forest

lake

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wild flowers

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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.

hiking
1 month ago

11/9/19 No snow, very little wind, few hikers, 60* temps, great day hiking destination! It’s a pretty decent ascent so be prepared for a slow-and-steady hike to the top where views of Lassen Peak, Juniper Lake, and Mt Shasta await. Was fortunate to witness a great sunset and then hike/jog back under the light of a mostly-full moon. Beautiful spot to admire the SW corner of the park and the surrounding area.

hiking
1 month ago

Did Brokeoff on 11/7/19. Nice warm day. Little wind. Very few hikers until early afternoon. Started at 0930. Made it to the top in 1hr 54 min. Beautiful day with great views. Warmed up to the point I almost fell asleep in my backpack chair at the top after some snacks. My favorite hike by far. A few blow down trees across the trail in the lower third. Still plenty of running stream water down low. Far different than a month or so earlier when winds were at a minimum of 60-70 mph on top. Not safe for a person of small stature. Looking forward to a couple more trips to the top before the snow flys. Has to be one of the most beautiful hikes anywhere in late spring or after the first snows. Living within thirty miles of Brokeoff makes it’s an awesome day trip. It will get your attention though. The views and challenge are so worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Hard. Hard. Hard. BUT SO WORTH IT! It was a wild ride, I almost passed out. The wind was fierce and the air was frigid, but by god we made it to the top of that mountain. It was really muddy in some parts, slipping and sliding everywhere! Tough to manage if you’re not flexible/physically capable. The sun did dry it up on our way back down. Seriously a wild ride. Best place to eat cold Costco pizza hands down.

hiking
1 month ago

Chilly start early in the morning, dress properly for the cold. Ice on the trail at stream crossings, and a few downed trees in the first 1.5 miles. Easy to get over except for the last one. Great trail, great hike, amazing views from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

The road to Lassen Peak was closed so I did this hike instead. Snow and ice most of the way which was beautiful. Didn't encounter a single other hiker. Trail is easy to follow and a good uphill. Highly recommend this trip.

recorded Brokeoff Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Unfortunately, the smoke from fires in the south have rolled up so the views are a little hazy in the distance, but still beautiful with clear views of Shasta. As others have said, it’s windy at the top, so plan accordingly.

recorded Brokeoff Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

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bugs
no shade
rocky
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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
3 months ago

Great views. Lots of shade

hiking
3 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
4 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
4 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.

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snow
4 months ago

hiking
snow
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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.

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