Tehama County High Point Trip Report
Brokeoff Mountain (9,235 ft)
Date: October 12, 2001
Author: Peter Maurer
An early morning ascent, since time was limited. I started before the sun breached the horizon, and a cold
north wind was blowing following the previous day's storm system. The route is described in Suttle's
guidebook and it is a well-used trail in the National Park. The trail winds through a variety of vegetation:
willow and alder bogs, along meadows and marshy ponds, through some magnificent mountain hemlock
groves and up to timberline. Much more interesting than Lassen Peak, and more varied topography, since it
takes an additional mile to cover the same elevation gain.
The blustery wind kept it cold, particularly along the ridge lines, but for the most part the trail was sheltered
by being on the south flank of the mountain. At the top, I thought that I would literally be blown off the
mountain, though! Another set of spectacular views from the top, with Mt Shasta, which the previous day
was shrouded in clouds, dominating the horizon with a fresh dusting of snow. At least nine other county
highpoints could be positively identified, due to the great visibility, with Mt Diablo being the farthest away
to the south.