Mount Borah

Challis, Idaho 83226

Mount Borah

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"This is quite a mountain, beautiful and bodacious. The peak, Idaho’s highest at 12,662 feet, gives an eagle’s view of the surrounding high country and high desert valleys. It
also harbors Idaho’s only glacier."

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8/16/2017
The trail had a little bit of everything but water. Be sure to pack plenty of water for this one. We had a perfect summer day and all the time in the world to summit this one. The views really open up as you approach Chicken Out Ridge (COR). Getting to the COR could be awkward, as some try to skirt around the "goalposts". The downclimb to the snowbridge was actually like climbing down a ladder.
This was my 40th state highpoint. The rapid elevation change could bother some people, especially if you are from lower elevations normally.
I took my time and ambled down just in time for sunset.
Final note: the area is very dry. I would not try starting bonfires in this area.

Round trip time: 11 hours.
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8/12/2009
I really anticipated this climb and was not disappointed. Wild weather the night before but blue skies in the morning. Most definitely a workout due to relentless elevation gain, but only real point of concern was negotiating a bit of exposure in the wind. Crossing the snow gully isn't too bad providing you're paying attention to your steps.
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8/13/2007
Pretty steep (5500ft in 3.5 miles). Most of the hike is above the tree line and it took about 4hrs to reach the top and 2:30hrs to go down. There is no water on the trail. Overall a great hike.
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8/20/2006
Numerous "scarry" spots. Not for the weak of heart. More than "just a hike". Just getting to 'Chicken out ridge' takes a great deal of stamina.
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Trail Information

Challis
Nearby City
7
Distance
5,342 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike
Duration
Best May and June for the lower slopes; July and August for the summit.
Season
7,320 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,662 feet
Top Elevation
Lost River Ranger District, Salmon - Challis National Forest.
Local Contacts
Borah Peak USGS quadrangle
Local Maps

Trail Log