Lassen – Brokeoff Mountain Snowshoe

Want to stand at nearly 10,000 feet?

Want a 360 degree view?

Ready for a challenge?

The trailhead is just before the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center

From the trailhead at 6,650′, Brokeoff doesn’t look too impressive.

The rocky peak takes shape as you ascend the trail.

The shape continues to change as you approach the summit.

The last section is STEEP! At least on snowshoes it’s easier to go straight up rather than traverse this slope. Having quality snowshoes with excellent crampons and ascension elevators help.

In the summer, you’ll want to visit the rocky sections where most likely you’ll have chipmunks begging to share your snacks. In the winter, BEWARE of the cornices.

From the top, looking northeast at the caldera of Mt Tehama and at Lassen Peak.

Looking down into Sulfur Works.

Looking south to Mount Conard (I believe). This ridge is always impressive in the winter.

I believe this is Snag Lake far in the distance.

It’s always worth stopping at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center before and after this hike. In the winter, they have HEATED restrooms.

Jan’s Tips:

  • For map and trail information, reference my Trail Links page.
  • Additional blog postings about related hikes I’ve taken can be found in my Lassen Volcanic National Park category.
  • Be sure to check the weather and road conditions before heading up in the winter.
  • Prepare for winter safety.
  • A park pass is required. One can be accessed at the Visitor’s Center, or your Annual Whiskeytown Park Pass can be used.

Our route had about a 2,700′ elevation gain.

I’m all smiles at the top after conquering the summit!



6 thoughts on “Lassen – Brokeoff Mountain Snowshoe

  1. WOW that’s gorgeous. And those are some cornices. Only just tried snowshoeing for the first time last month, but it sure was fun and would love to get out and do some more next year.

    • Snowshoeing is a winter hiker’s paradise. The hardest part initially is learning techniques and gaining confidence with navigation, if you don’t already have that skill. It is rare to find a trail. Usually there are many trails made by snowshoers and skiers, most completely random. I using the tracking function on my GPS to find the destinations and return safely to my car. Lots of trial and error, but fun if you are open to the experience.

  2. That is very impressive – I’ve made that hike many times but I don’t think I could do it on my snowshoes…..yet!

    • It is definitely a challenge on snowshoes. Two years ago was my first time and the conditions were much different. Extremely cold and frozen. We couldn’t make the last bit that time as it was white-out conditions. The views were amazing with the poor trees encapsulated in snow and ice.

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