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Brokeoff Mountain, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Climb one of the park's best trails to experience the unrivaled views from the summit of Brokeoff Mountain.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it’s a prime... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

You'll need to arrive early to be sure of a parking spot opposite the Brokeoff mountain trailhead. Probably earlier than than the Park Ranger's station, so be sure you have plenty of change to pay the self-registration fee at the booth.

2. Follow the stream

Roughly half of this trail's 3½ mile journey to the summit takes a gently inclining route along the side of a mountain creek surrounded by lush vegetation and pine trees, which also provide welcome relief from summer sunshine.

3. Begin Your Climb

Until now the elevation gain up this trail has been relatively plain sailing, but now we crank it up a notch.

Despite the increased workout, you should still find this trail eminently enjoyable as it snakes its way up the South Eastern flanks of the mountain. Take time to enjoy the impressive views of the surrounding park, and try and count the ... More

4. Final Ascent

So the good news is there's only one switchback on the final ascent. But the bad news is - it's a long one.

You'll be thankful of the switchback however since it maintains the steady incline of the trail towards the summit, meaning you won't be sweating over any tough climbs today.

5. Brokeoff Summit (9,235ft)

Brokeoff Mountain - as its name suggests - is only the part of a much older and larger volcano called Mount Tehama which has been eroded away over the past half-million years by ice ages and volcanic forces.

The second tallest mountain in the park, Brokeoff is the perfect place from which to admire the largest mountain - Lassen Peak. It's also a... More