At 9,235 ft. in elevation, Brokeoff Mountain is the highest point in Tehama County. Volcanic and glacial action have left the mountain with a sheer north face that looks as if someone had broken off half the mountain, hence its name. Brokeoff Mountain is actually the largest of several remnants of a much larger volcano called Mount Tehama, which scientists say was about 11,000 ft. tall and must have looked much like Mt. Hood in Oregon. Nearby Mt. Lassen, by contrast, measures 10,463.
The hike up Brokeoff Mountain is a popular one, although the National Park Service describes its level of difficulty as strenuous, in large part because of the effects of altitude. There is an elevation gain of 2,600 ft. over the course of the 3 1/2-mile climb. The hike is also very beautiful, and the view from the summit is extraordinary. Hikers are advised to carry extra water and food, wear sturdy boots, carry extra layers of clothing for warmth, and take frequent breaks. Before heading out it’s a good idea to check the weather forecast and let someone know where you are going and when you will return.
The parking area at the trailhead is located outside of Lassen Volcanic National Park, but the trail crosses into the park. Hikers may pay their entrance fee at a fee station in the parking area.
WHERE: The parking area at the trailhead is right next to Hwy 89, about 5 miles north of the junction of Hwys 89 and 36. (google map)
MORE INFO: Lassen Volcanic National Park, 530-595-4480 | www.nps.gov/lavo