Borah Peak, Idaho: Highest in ID

Borah Peak


Borah Peak is roughly 100 miles from Sun Valley, making the trip a little over 2 hours.

  • Mount Borah is located 23 miles north of Mackay, Idaho.
  • Borah Peak is isolated and sparse with vegetation.
  • The best season to climb Borah Peak is typically May through November.
  • The round trip day hike on Mt. Borah takes about ten hours.

Overview

Standing at 12,662 feet, Borah Peak is Idaho's highest mountain. Located in the Lost River Range in the central Idaho, Borah Peak is isolated and sparse with vegetation, but that does not stop climbers seeking the thrill of reaching its summit.

Location & Information

Mount Borah is located 23 miles north of Mackay. The mountain is easily seen from the main road, so it is not difficult to find.

The best season to climb Borah Peak is typically May through November. If there is snow, the approach is much more difficult so people are advised to climb it in the summer months when most of the snow has melted. The north face of the peak, however, offers one of Idaho's only year round snow routes, for those looking for a greater challenge than the normal route.

To find out more, contact (208) 588-2693.

Climbing

Most everyone who travels to Mount Borah is there to climb. The majority of hikers attempt Borah as a day hike since water is non existent on the mountain and there are very few level areas, making camping difficult. The round trip can be made in about ten hours.

People typically take the route on the southwest ridge, which includes a strenuous hike for the most part, until you reach the last crossing before main summit crest. This area is known as "chickenout ridge," as many climbers turn around once they see the dangerous crossing they must make.


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