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The trail to the summit of Brokeoff Mountain is seven and a half miles round trip and gains approximately 2,600 feet on the ascent.

Brokeoff Mountain is the second highest peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is second only to Lassen Peak and registers at 9,235 feet. The trail leading to the peak is one of the longer day hikes accessible to park visitors. It leads over three and a half miles one way and gains approximately 2,600 feet. The trailhead lies a quarter mile south of the southwest entrance to Lassen. Hikers are expected to pay the park entrance fee before beginning this trek.

The trail begins along Highway 89 with a parking area on the eastern side of the road. Cross the road to the trailhead. The route begins by ascending immediately. Within the first quarter mile of the hike you'll cross a tributary of West Sulphur Creek. The trail turns westward after the stream crossing then parallels the waterway for a short distance. The trail turns and crosses to the other side of the stream, then makes two other stream crossings in the next two tenths of a mile. Between these crossings the trail gradient lessens.

After the fourth stream crossing the trail parallels the outlet stream of Forest Lake on its northern bank. During the next .7 miles the trail remains on the northern bank of the stream and gains approximately 480 feet. After this stretch the trail turns westward and crosses the stream at an elevation of 7,400 feet.

After crossing the stream the trail switchbacks and continues climbing to another stream crossing. From here the trail begins to circle the southern flanks of Brokeoff Mountain. It makes several switchbacks then reaches a trail junction. The trail leading southward from the Brokeoff Mountain Trail descends for slightly more than a mile to reach the Heart Lake Twin Meadows Trail. This trail leads into Lassen National Forest.

Beyond the trail junction our route traverses the southern slopes of Brokeoff Mountain to a point under a steep cliff. The trail turns sharply eastward and leads four tenths of a mile to the 9,235-foot summit. During the last half mile of the climb the gradient eases somewhat. Hikers will want to consider bringing a windproof jacket, plenty of water and sunscreen on this hike. Alpine weather conditions can change very quickly so be prepared for all types of precipitation and plummeting temperatures.

Directions: From Southwest Entrance, Drive .25 miles south from the entrance station to the trailhead parking on the eastern side of the road. Hikers are expected to pay the entrance fee for Lassen National Park before using this trail.

Elevation: 6,640 feet

Ending Elevation: 9,235 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

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