Hiked all but the last push to the summit when a cloudbank raced in and obscured everything from view and the rain worsened - had to turn back. Then halfway down, the sun came out, but too late to turn around. This peak can be done in the rain, but chicken out ridge was slippery, and you might have to turn back if the weather turns - which it did on my group. Super cool structural geology here!
Started at 5:30 am and went via the chicken out snow bridge route. Summitted in 2 1/2 hours. Was back at the car at 9:50 am. Not as hard as Granite, a couple days previous, but did get a thrill on chicken out ridge. Was impressed at how fast you gain elevation on this one.
The sign at the trailhead says Mt. Borah. Took about 7 hours roundtrip. Chicken out ridge is longer than it looks, but not too hard. Descending the steep approach trail was the crux for me. Some of the best views on any summit. Looks like lots of challenging peaks in the Lost River area.
to me this is the ideal hiking peak. enough scrambling and elevation gain to make it interesting and a cool summit pyramid. aug 2008.
2h49 to the summit (hoping for sub-2:30 for such a direct trail...). Lots of talus, but great views. Trip report
Chicken Out Ridge was fun (as long as I didn't look down too much).
Above the standard snow on the ridgeline (past COR) there were a couple snow drifts on the trail. You could skirt around them or use an ice axe, although earlier in the day the ice was frozen very solid so my axe wasn't much more than a walking stick on the way up.
There were a couple of times during the last scramble (up and down) where I thought a helmet might be a good idea. Lots of loose rocks and exposure.
A quick side note: I was on COR before I realized that I had left my food in the car. If the gentleman that hooked me up with a snack on the summit reads this: thank you again!
Great hike with beautiful views on a beautiful day. The "chicken out ridge" really isn't that bad. There was still some snow on the route, and an ice axe came in handy in a spot or two.
June 18, 2011 - We badly underestimated conditions on this ascent. You know you're underprepared when you find yourself on steep snow wearing trailrunners. Visibility on the summit was zero. Summited in 4:11, and 7:06 roundtrip.
June 30, 2001 - A relatively short but steep hike on a perfect day in June. Treking poles really would have come in handy to save punishment to the knees on the descent. Biggest mistake of the hike was forgetting insect repellent, since the mosquitos were incredibly thick and ruthless. Other than that the hike wasn't too difficult. We were a little nervous about chicken-out ridge after reading a few of the scare-stories, but it turned out to be pretty tame - we weren't even certain we were on it until we reached the snowbridge and realized it was already over. The ridge has some exposure, but with any kind of scrambling experience most people should find it no big deal. Hiking times were 4h55m up and 3h45m down.
Mixed snow conditions. Very Windy and cold. Even got a little snow storm on the way back through COR just to make it interesting.
First climb was with Michael, Kimberly and Anne. We had a great time making our way across chicken out Ridge, wishing the fun would never end. We had a calm day and spent time on the summit reciting or rather, trying to recite poetry. Second successful summit on July 24, 2010 with Brent and Jans. American flag on top. Once again a great time had by all. #3 8-30-2013 Touched to have my son on this trip. This is his first Western State Highpoint. Hope we have many more together.
A memorable summer of 2000, ended with this climb of Borah via Chicken-Out Ridge after spending a week on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. My altitude record for 9 years until I climbed Mount Agassiz in the Sierra Nevada.
3rd time on the summit, poured the night before and in the morning but cleared up during the day.
Climbed with MontanaChris. Got a late start but still managed to make awesome time. Good weather, great views. The down climb towards the bottom is a thigh burner.
I tried this hike when I was in scouts. I was relatively inexperienced when I first tried this peak. Part of the group we were with left us at the treeline. I made it to the top of COR, but the smaller group that stayed with us decided to turn back, so we didin't summit. Every time I try to go back to do it again, something happens right before we leave and I can't make it to the mountain.
Define "successful." I hiked 1/3 of the way up this beautiful mountain on a clear, gorgeous day last July. I stopped because the thought "F*** this" came to my tired mind. So ... my friend and I hiked to a spot where we saw a great open view and dined on cheese, crackers, and cold water. What a great hike!
Perfect, cloudless day of summit. Camped near "treeline" and got a start at a comfortable hour for me. Fun scrambling, beautiful arid landscape.
This was our first 12'er. It was a great day with perfect weather.
I hope to never again climb this peak on a Saturday.
Have done Borah a few times and always have a great time!!
While spending my summer working for the Forest Service