It was a smoky climb! This has some challenging route finding, some good scrambling, and some good scree skiing. The smoke made this one hard for me but a fun climb and decent, although I broke both my trekking poles on the decent.
Seems like there were several trails in the beginning. Towers were awesome! Loved the scree skiing, too. The final push to the summit was much harder than I expected (very steep and slippery). Beautiful up there and along the ridge. I will remember this fondly as my final 12er! :)
Cairns have been placed along the climbers' trail. I might be crazy, but it seemed like I used 2 different trails that day. On the way up I remember closely following Elkhorn Creek; on the way down I was up out of the trees following an exposed trail south of the creek.
I got to the summit in just over 3 hours. After lunch there I went to check out Mt. Morrison, which wasn't quite the quick side trip I was expecting.
Gorgeous scenery on the Pahsimeroi and Merriam Lake approach, bunch of bighorn sheep running around the high meadows, a friggin total solar eclipse from Point 11196 with the N Ridge and Sacajawea towering above, and some fun scrambling after getting accustomed to the rock quality.
Perfect day. Fresh winds. Climbed up the boulder field, and cruised down the scree field. I loved the variety of this climb. The pillars were my favorite. The summit block sucks with a sprained ankle! Hands down best view of Borah! 5/9 12ers
Jon and I camped at the trailhead for an early start. Made it up in under 5 hours. Saw a couple goats at the saddle around 11,000'.
Made a major error coming down and got ourselves into some pretty nasty steep runouts. Took us over 2 hours just to get to treeline.
Standard route up Elkhorn creek. Didn't see anyone or anything the entire time. My last twelver for Idaho. Lots of driving for this so next time I'm picking something closer.
Third time is the charm. Tried twice before in the snow and unfavorable conditions turned us around both times. It decided to snow a little the previous night so we could summit "in snow." I think I liked the snow glissade previously, better than the scree ski this time though. Reached the summit at 8:15 am as weather was due to arrive at 10 but we were lucky and only had a few sprinkles near the end.
Took the west ridge/SW face route. Pretty good climb. Thunderstorms made us retreat off the summit shortly after reaching the top.
It's a fun mountain but dang, the scree on the way to the summit is quite slippery! Did the standard route and if I ever go up it again, I'm wearing a helmet.
My last 12er in the quest of Idaho's tallest peaks.
What a great climb! Our final 12'er. Instead of following the route in Tom's book we headed up a drainage that provided us solid rock and a little climbing to take the ridge. Then when we got to the pillars we learned that there is a trail behind them now, so we didn't have to circumnavigate them. The face was challenging, but fun. Really a great climb.
Great warm, sunny day with John O.
Lots of scree and talus.
After a few previous attempts i finnaly summited with dave,Ken and Hiking Bella in an 11 hour trip. perfect day in the mid 80's in October! this was a fun and challenging mountain and the last of my 12,000 ft summits in Idaho. guess its time to continue to work on the top 50 in the state
Strike two. Made it to the top of the southwest ridge. It had been snowing since 4am but looked like it might break. Then the wind and snow picked up and visibility dropped so we bailed. Maybe try this one in the summer next time.
Maybe next time. Too much avalanche activity.
Climbed this one as my birthday present to myself. So far this is my favorite 12er. It is also my 5th of the 9. We started before sunrise in the morning and got lost a few times because the trail is hard to follow in places. The descent was quite the scree slide. We went down the Southwest face, dodging cliffs as we went and stirring up quite a bit of dust. I highly recommend Mt. Idaho.
warm day- felt like midsummer. Not as much scrambling as I expected. Primarily a class 2 hike. Great views of Borah. Summit register has gone missing
Powered by gu's, licorice, and tootsie rolls as the rest of it tasted like cardboard.
It is possible to drop straight off the west face and punch through the scree to the basin. Finding a doable break through the cliffs is a challenge and left me wondering if it was really quicker. A traverse over to Peak 11967 looks like an even bigger challenge.