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Mount Borah Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Ralph Maughan & Jackie Johnson Maughan, Hiking Idaho (Falcon Guides).
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.
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.
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.
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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