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Mt. Borah Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 12,662'
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The awesome north face of Mount Borah


Mount Borah is the tallest mountain in Idaho. This striking mountain dominates the skyline from much of highway 93 to the west.

The easiest route to the summit is a trail that ascends the infamous "Chicken Out Ridge". While not terribly difficult, hikers must pass over a short stretch of class 3 rock with much exposure. This route also provides a convenient walk-off descent after climbing routes from one of the other aspects, although depending on where you started you may need to set up a car shuttle.

The north and east faces of this peak are an alpine climber's playground, with many committing rock, ice, and mixed routes to choose from.

Getting There 

Access to the Chicken Out Ridge trail head is well signed. Turn off of highway 93 onto Birch Springs Rd and follow this until it ends at the trailhead.

For those headed to the north face via the typical Rock Creek Drainage approach, take highway 93 to Doublespring Pass Rd. Drive about 1/2 mile up the road, and then turn right onto a double-track dirt road at the end of the fence. Follow this road to its end.

Routes up the east face of Mount Borah are tougher to get to. The approaches start at the same place as those for the north and east faces of Mount Idaho. Take Doublespring Pass Road up and over Doublespring Pass. After about 10 miles look for a sharp right turn onto FS117 road that goes up a steep hill. Follow FS117 over Horse Heaven Pass. Go about 6 miles and then take a right onto FS118. Go 4.5 miles then take another right onto FS267. Drive to the end of this road and park at the trailhead. Note that a high clearance vehicle is mandatory for these roads.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.6 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Borah

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Borah:
North Face of Mount Borah   AI3     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'   
Southwest Ridge   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     Trad, Alpine, 5400'   
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Featured Route For Mt. Borah
Rock Climbing Photo: Psycho Therapy - Photo by Bob Boyles

Psycho Therapy 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a AI4 M6  Idaho : Central Idaho : ... : Mt. Borah
From below, this route appears to be a very ominous dark gash into the middle of the mountain. It is not at all inviting, and yet we found it to be simultaneously irresistible. The route difficulty depends a lot on the conditions. The first ascent was put up in September, when it sounds like the ice was snot thin, and there was a lot of rock climbing on dubious stone. We did the route at the end of May, and found copious amounts of snow and fat ice, although we did still have to climb some ro...[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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By jobot88
Feb 28, 2016
What time of year is Mt. Borah best climbed? I am looking at just doing the standard route. I was hoping to do it in March or April.
By Cory Harelson
From: Boise, ID
Mar 5, 2016
If you are referring to Chicken Out Ridge, it is nothing more than a hike with a short third class scramble during the summer, but in March or April you should bring crampons and ice axe, and maybe snow shoes too depending on conditions.
By jobot88
Mar 13, 2016
Yes I was referring to chicken out ridge, thank you!

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