Mount Borah Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mackay, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 5,242 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Stand on the roof of Idaho! This is the highest peak in the Lost River Range of Idaho as well as the State's highpoint. The standard route to the top of this 12,662 ft peak is the Southwest Ridge from the Birch Springs Trailhead. This ascent of over 5,250 feet in less than 4 miles is steep but can easily be done in a day. If it is early season you may want to bring an axe, crampons and your mountaineering skills.

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5 months ago

Climbed in late September, much easier than I had imagined. Don't let the ridge scare you, as long as it's not covered in snow it's safe. 3 points of contact at all times and a rope isn't really needed. The last few hundred meters is a scramble but just take it slow. Some of the best views of any state high point!

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7 months ago

Hiked it yesterday but had to turn around by COR due to snow storm rolling in. Would recommend but snow a good 1.5 feet deep around half way up. Plan on coming back to summit

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7 months ago

great hike! bring gloves for the ridge and the cold! fair amount of snow up above 11k. round trip about 7.5 hours. weather was not looking good as we drove away so I'm sure conditions will not be great moving forward.

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8 months ago

Hiked yesterday. Some snow on the trail after COR.

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8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Bring gloves and wear sunscreen, a good chunk of the hike is through snow and well above treeline. Be prepared to scramble and to lower yourself ~10-12 feet onto a snow bridge via a climbing rope. Steep as all hell but the views are well worth it, 10/10

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8 months ago

Very steep but enjoyable hike with great scenery.

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8 months ago

Trail in excellent condition. Super exhausting and tiring. The chicken out ridge is really a thrilling experience. One of the most amazing hikes I have ever done

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8 months ago

Everything was great. there was a little new snow, but not on the trail.

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8 months ago

Awesome Hike... be ready for a good effort and try to pick a day when weather not an issue. COR not that bad so don't let that deter you.. just be mindful as you will be literally scrambling/climbing up and around rocks .. there are plenty of hand/foot holds and drop off not that daunting... there is a 15' section where this is a rope in place to help you out.. was a bit muddy with some snow at very top as it had snowed a few days prior.. spectacular views .. poles helpful for most of hike except in rock pass section. door to door took us 7 hours.. bring gloves... a good attitude and some miles under the legs.

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8 months ago

The trail is in great shape. Lots of people out today, we had great weather. It's a pretty grueling hike, the elevation really got to me. COR was intimidating but much less so on the way down. Several people skirted around the ridge though I don't know if I would recommend it.

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8 months ago

Second time up, and not any easier than 16 years ago. Tips: 1) Bring wet wipes and pee before you leave the tree line (but there are a couple ledges out of view near the top); 2)Bring 3-4 liters of water and hide a liter water bottle at the top of the tree line to retrieve on your way down; 3) bring windbreaker, poles and garden/work gloves; 4) keep track of where go over Chicken Out Ridge, so you can find your way back the same way; 5) take 5-10 minute breaks on the way up to acclimate and avoid altitude impairment; 6) DO NOT BRING A DOG; 7) avoid windburn with chapstick, etc.; and 8) the time up and time down are about the same because the rock and dirt are slick and difficult. AFTERWARDS: Check out Challis Hotsprings or Gold Bug Hotsprings

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8 months ago

Beautiful views. Chicken out ridge can be bypassed on the left side but you still have to scramble a bit. Make sure you're conditioned before this hike. Bring a jacket, it's cold at the top!

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9 months ago

Not much more can be said for this trail I guess but from my perspective chicken out ridge wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I stayed to the side instead of the ridge line and that worked great. That last 1,000 feet can be tough but you are almost there, you can do it!

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Gloves gloves gloves gloves gloves gloves. Bring gloves. Don’t think you need gloves? Bring gloves.

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9 months ago

It's hard, but doable. Unless you're afraid of heights, because Chicken Out Ridge got its name for a reason. Up to that point it's just a steady climb; make sure you pee before the tree line because there's not a lot of privacy after that. Bring gloves! OMG, bring gloves! And a wind-breaker! We started shortly after 7:00am and were one of the last ones going up. At times, the trail is not very clear in spite of the occasional rock cairn; we actually got lost briefly on our way down right before COR. Thankfully, a scout troop knew their way and guided us over the ridge. Trust me, you don't want to take a wrong turn with a 1,000 foot cliff on each side. Did I say that you should bring gloves? Would I do it again? I probably would want to do the climb again, including the sketchy parts over COR. But the decent was brutal on knees and ankles, and never-ending! It took us the same amount if time going down as up: 10h 50' total round trip. It was all worth it though! Gorgeous views all around and a good variety of terrain. Tip: find a hot spring to soak your achy muscles after the hike!

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9 months ago

amazing hike. Chickenout Ridge is no joke, but it's definitely not reason to"chickenout". It's easy to lost the trail during the last 3/4 of a mile, but keep climbing, you'll find it again.

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9 months ago

Came here in July where there were still snow/ice scattering everywhere near the top and around Chicken Out. We traversed across the snow bridge and few other snow patches in our regular trail running shoes just fine but one small slip we would have ended up down below the valley. The last section of the trail before the top was sketchy so we went up and stayed on the ridge (which was snow free) all the way up to the top. Would do this hike again for a third time in a heartbeat!

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