This was part of a trip pursuing county high points for an itinerary that ended up (adaptability and all that) including Modoc, Lassen, Siskiyou, Lake/Colusa, Glenn, Mendocino, Butte, Tehama, Humboldt, & Trinity counties. (As it happens, Siskiyou -- Mt. Shasta -- was the primary objective on this tour, and it was the only unsuccessful summit attempt.)
I was the only one to park at the trailhead and saw no one. I got my start a little before 7:00 p.m., so I knew I would be finishing in the dark, but catching the sunset from the summit was quite appealing.
Trail crews have already clearly been at work here, as some sizable logs have been cut on the trail. There were also a few footprints on the many snow crossings. None of these were anything to worry about, and I never felt the need to don my microspikes. The first stream crossing is shallow but muddy, and a number of sticks have been laid across the braided wetland. The 2nd stream crossing shortly thereafter had a thin snowbridge that I have no doubt has collapsed by now. Virtually everyone before me seemed to know to jump over it.
Once out of the trees, the views were incredible. Ancient cinder cones, now overtaken by forest. Lassen only presented herself when I was just about on the summit, and the in-your-face views were fantastic, especially with the alpenglow. I found a survey marker but no register. Shortly after I was back in the trees it was time to put on the headlamp.
2:00 up; 1:30 down.
Mt. Lassen was closed so we did Brokeoff instead. Hiked up with my Dad and we basically had the mountain to ourselves.
Hiked up in snowboard boots and trekking poles, then snowboarded down to the south of the ascent route. Beautiful views and some fun turns on the descent.
loved the lush forest at the bottom and the views from the top. Neutrino Couloir still had snow. Great views of Lassen.
Nice winter climb up west face.
The very next January found me on this summit in snowshoes. If you want maximum bang for your buck on a winter climb this is your peak. I have lost count of the times I have snowshoed/cramponed up this amazing peak in winter. The effort is far, far less than the reward. Do it!
First of 3 peaks for the day. Also hiked up Lassen Peak and Mt. Eddy.
A ranger recommended this one to avoid the crowds. Definitely didn't see many people, and the landscape you travel through is gorgeous. This was one of my first peaks, so I thought it was pretty challenging at the time.
Nice summer day for this enjoyable hike. Views were impressive.
Last attempt at Brokeoff was about 13 years ago in the winter and sketchy snow conditions turned us around. Nice to come back for an easy on trail summer hike.
Straightforward class 1 trail to top, 7.7 miles RT per my GPS with about 2700 feet of gain. Only a few parties on the trail as compared to the dozens on Lassen, fine views from summit. Bottom half is forested with several streams, top half more rocky and exposed to the sun. Some snow patches remain, but no trouble. RT was about 3:20. Full TR is HERE
... in the winter
More enjoyable hike than Lassen which I had done earlier in the day.
A quick early morning dash to the summit. 4 hrs/10 mins, door to door. My very favorite hike in the park.
Nice hike, but I need to come back sometime in winter or spring. Spent a few hours in the morning hiking Brokeoff, hiked Bumpass Hell with my family midday, and then spent a little under a couple hours hiking the easy, revamped Lassen Peak trail. The park was incredibly busy for Labor Day weekend with full parking lots in most places and cars lining both sides of the road for nearly a mile in the Bumpass Hell area.
Crampons and axe the whole way. Perfect firm snow. The route we took was southwest from the trailhead to gain the ridge, then followed the ridge north. Amazing views the whole way, a short section of easy scrambling on the narrow ridge, but mostly firm snow--much better than climbing thru the trees without the views. Taggged the middle and northwest 'summits' too. Cool view of north face of Brokeoff. No wind. Cool temps. About 6 miles round trip with 2800 feet gain. Great day!
Love this hike!
I started this hike with my wife, but due to time constraints she encouraged me to bag the peak without her and meet her back down at the car. Beautiful mountain and great weather.
A nice hike up a wonderful trail with great people. Great day!