September 10th, 2006 (Day 7): Brokeoff Mountain
|Lassen Peak seen from Brokeoff Mountain|
The Brokeoff Mountain trail is considered to be the most streneous day hike in Lassen Volcanic National Park – a 7 miles round trip with 2600 feet elevation gain – but actually afterwards we felt it was less strenuous than the hike yesterday due to the fact that it is longer and thus less steep and that it leads through beautiful forest and meadows most of the time instead of the rocky area at Lassen Peak. Also this trail was less busy than the trail yesterday – probably also due to the fact that yesterday was a Saturday.
The real enjoyable hike started from the parking lot just before the south entrance station of the National Park. The sun was shining and we really relaxed in the quietness of this beautiful scenery. We reached the sumnit after 2.5 hours and spent there one hour for lunch break and for viewing the spectacular surrounding and the caldera below us left behind by huge Mount Tehama of which Lassen Peak was just a small side volcanic lava dome.
The descent back to our car took as long as the climb since we stopped again and again for some breaks to digest the peace of nature and to observe animals.