Borah Peak Climber's Log

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fallonclimbs - Aug 30, 2015 1:04 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011

Choss pile, but highpoint  Sucess!

Trip report

I would definitely recommend bringing lots of water on this one! Chicken Out isn't so bad if you're good at climbing/scrambling.


derekperc - Aug 29, 2015 12:27 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2015

Missed COR  Sucess!

Left the trailhead at 8:00 sharp and was confused when I got to the summit at 10:45 without crossing COR. I accidentally followed a trail that skirted around the left side of COR, and only did that final 20' descent. I made sure to stay on top of the ridge on the way down. Only 1 other party summited that day.

I'm adding this a year later after hearing about 3 search and rescue incidents this summer alone from parties trying to skip COR. This is awful for all people involved and I'd like to help prevent future incidents. I mentioned my mistake here because I missed out on the funnest part of the climb. If COR doesn't sound fun to you then you should stay off Borah because you won't summit. EXPOSED SCRAMBLING IS REQUIRED! My above mistake of following a goat path required exposed scrambling on even sketchier terrain to get back to the ridge. Please look at the photos of COR- if you're not comfortable with that I highly recommend Hyndman as an alternative. It's almost as tall and a more appealing hike. You'll love it! If it's state highpoints you're after be advised that Borah is rated #6 in terms of difficulty. It's one of a handful that you can't just hike (or drive) to the top of. If you don't have the appropriate climbing experience but really want this summit consider going with a professional guide. Please no more rescue operations.


tdoughty - Aug 23, 2015 10:45 am Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2015

1st ID Peak:A Good One  Sucess!

SW Ridge. After initial COR scramble I followed a trail below and north of the "darker" section, ascending a ramp/chute back to ridge top just 50' from the 3rd class descent to the saddle. Found the overall ascent steep! Thank goodness there's an excellent trail!

Rocky Alps

Rocky Alps - Aug 5, 2015 2:36 am Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2015

Chicken-Out Ridge  Sucess!

Hiked up the standard route of Borah Peak in perfect weather, and didn't have to cross any snow. The scrambling along the ridge was solid and fun, and there were plenty of options to either stay on easy class 3 terrain or try something harder. The views near the top, especially of the other peaks to the south, were quite impressive. See "Roof of Idaho" trip report for details.


mlandau3 - Aug 1, 2015 11:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2015

Very, Very Steep  Sucess!

Where was COR? Where was the snowbridge? It appears that the standard trail now crosses the snowpatch below where the snowbridge should have been.
At first sight it didn't seem possible, but there is a trail up the summit pyramid. :)

David Mortensen

David Mortensen - Jul 21, 2015 11:08 am Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2015

Borah  Sucess!

I really enjoyed this mountain. It is fairly short, but steep. The views of the surrounding peaks were amazing. The trail was well maintained and the scrambling sections were a lot of fun. Very beautiful.


JRaphaelson - Jul 19, 2015 8:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2015

Chickenout!  Sucess!

A glorious mountain with a gnarly standard route to boot. One of my favorite climbs in all of the West.

Puma concolor

Puma concolor - Jul 17, 2015 9:15 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2008

State Highpoint #42  Sucess!

Most significant experience with exposure yet. It was after tackling chicken-out-ridge with little difficulty that I first began to believe I had a real chance at taking the State Highpointing thing all the way to the end. Memorable day.


Robron234 - Jul 7, 2015 4:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007

Mount Borah ascent  Sucess!

My first summit in Idaho! I had horrible sleep the night before when trying to sleep in my Hyundai Sonata driver's seat (with Jon Oh in the passenger seat). A weirdo was looking into the car that morning around 4am as I laid there trying to sleep (I ultimately go no sleep!). On the hike up to Chicken Out Ridge, I cut up my heels with the hiking boots I was using. Then got rained on a bit (while thunder was booming). It was hard, but Jon and I made it to the top!


SabineInUtah - Jun 26, 2015 9:25 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2015

Too early

Hiked with RB to the climb up Chicken Out Ridge. From there we could see that there was still a lot of snow along the ridge all the way to the beginning of the talus slope up the summit. Too sketchy. A guy passed us and we saw him on top of the ridge moving fast toward the low point below the summit ridge, but one slip or the snow giving way and it's a death plunge. Even with an ice ax, seemed sketchy. Enjoyed just being up on high alpine rock! Will have to do it later in the season.


Hiker4life - Feb 28, 2015 9:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

Blustery Borah  Sucess!

I read all of the reports about COR, but it wasn't all that difficult. The high winds made things a little uncomfortable, but overall a great hike.


sroot - Jan 24, 2015 10:28 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2014

Borah Round 2  Sucess!

My 2nd attempt on this beautiful climb. Went up with some new friends and enjoyed some perfect weather at the top with zero winds whatsoever. Started at 4:30AM and were at the peak at just over 7:30AM.


dino61111 - Jan 23, 2015 4:08 pm

Don't chicken out on Chickenout  Sucess!

An interesting but short cl.3 scramble past the crux to finish on a pretty steep scree and talus slope.

Michael Tilden

Michael Tilden - Dec 29, 2014 1:40 pm

Top of Idaho  Sucess!

Some weather - the ridge was fun - good time with friends from BYUI


S.Lee - Nov 28, 2014 11:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2008

Fun hike/climb  Sucess!

Ridge was awesome!

bshirley - Nov 5, 2014 4:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2006

another HP  Sucess!

Awesome hike. On a whim driving home from Montana I stopped to bag the peak. Took a bad route near "chicken out ridge" and got stuck in a bad place. Really got my nerves wound up. After summiting and calming down a bit I couldn't figure out why I was so worried going up - it seemed like nothing on the way down. Anyway it was a great hike - one of my favorite state high points so far!


Judd97 - Sep 8, 2014 12:04 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2014

HP #23  Sucess!



xbaghat - Sep 3, 2014 10:41 am Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2014

forty-five  Sucess!



montanajames - Sep 2, 2014 10:14 am Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2014

Snow in August  Sucess!

Made the top with Isaac and Leah after being snowed on for most of the way. Chicken Out Ridge was a lot of fun. The final push to the summit was not. Nor was going down. Great weekend with family!!!


sroot - Aug 16, 2014 10:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2013

1st State High Point  Sucess!

Started off my journey of climbing the state high points with Borah Peak from my home state of Idaho. We took the standard route up but dropped a little low around Chicken Out Ridge due to a low snow year. Got up and down the mountain in around 4 and a half hours.

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