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4h up, 3h down. Well kept trail up to chicken out ridge. Not a tough scramble, only 1 section where a fall would be disastrous but totally doable keeping 3 points of contact and taking your time. the snow bridge was almost gone with only a small area requiring you to walk on snow. Following the flattish section the trail becomes hard to follow with very few cairns. This is the most dangerous section as footing is very loose with danger of rock fall. Stick to the ridge crest on your right for a much safer and fun route. This will require some easy bouldering. Enjoy the summit, there is still an American flag there to hoist.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike! Fairly steep but great views at the top and through out the hike.

hiking
4 days ago

Quiet trail along a meandering stream. Beautiful wildflowers. First 100-200 yards included stream crossing on fallen logs, followed by a steep slope incline. The rest of the hike is very easy.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail! Steep hike but the lake at the end and views throughout make it totally worth it.

Left before five am, went straight up , (should of went slower). The view s are great. And spectacular from the summit! I rested there for 45 minutes then came down. It’s too easy to get lost coming down. While going up the summit is always in site, down is convoluted and can be threatening. Knees hurt some coming down but I was in my truck by three pm

hiking
24 days ago

7/14/2018 Amazing hike! It took us, a group of 9, 11hrs and 23 minutes with plenty of breaks along the way. The total length was around 9.7 miles. Tons of mosquitoes so bring plenty of bug spray. The snow bridge was a little sketchy but totally doable. Bring trekking poles and knee braces if you like your knees.

hiking
1 month ago

7/11/2018 Tough hike. About seven miles RT and the guide book said to plan for 12 hours. What?!? I was convinced I’d do it in eight with a stretch goal of six. Humbled, it took me ten. I did lose the trail on the final push so I did some extra scrambling but “wherever you go, there you are”.

Most important thing to note in my mind is that if you climb very early in the morning, the snow bridge may be an ice bridge. There was no kicking holes in the snow and the existing boot holes were iced over and not very deep. It’s only about 25-30 steps but one slip will take you far away. Bring spikes or an ice axe. Later in the day it softens up. It was MUCH softer and easier by noontime.

I had the benefit of perfect weather and the views were amazing! I was the only person on the mountain. Two people well behind me turned around at Chicken Out Ridge (which wasn’t that bad)

Great hike. Do it!

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike and beautiful lake. My 6, 8, and 10 yr. olds did awesome. 1 Hour and 55 min to hike up And 1 Hour and 10 min to walk down. Official trailhead starts at the end of an old Jeep Road. Very hard to drive to the trailhead. Walking the Jeep trail adds another 2 mile to the overall distance. Side by sides or 4-wheelers will take you right to the trailhead.

camping
3 months ago

This was our first ever mountain climb. Summited on Aug 21 2017 the morning of the total solar eclipse. There are no words to describe how surreal the experience was. We also got engaged on top of the summit before totality. All around amazing experience. A lot harder than planned but mostly due to the altitude, give yourself time to adjust.

hiking
11 months ago

Very difficult, good thing it wasn't too long. Beautiful lake at the top.

rock climbing
11 months ago

BRUTAL. 'Nuff said.

One of my favorite hikes in the area. Not only is it a rigorous uphill battle with some nice exposed class 3 scrambling, at the end you find yourself at the highest point in the state!

I'd recommend going in August, and starting at the trailhead early in the morning before daybreak. If you can make it to the tree line in time, you'll see the shadow of Borah creeping across the valley below. Also, an early start will get you to the top before the heat of the day arrives in full force, and give you time to get off the top before any afternoon thunderstorms arrive.

Chicken Out Ridge isn't as bad as it sounds. As you ascend the ridge, travel up through the obvious notch, after which you can traverse around the right side until you reach the transition between the brown rock and the grey rock. At that point, stick to the top of the ridge (avoid the temptation to try and traverse around the ridge on the right side). The downclimb to the snow crossing is simple, as the holds are obvious and bomb proof. There will be a well beaten path across the snow by August. Earlier in the season an ice axe and maybe crampons would be advisable.

The last push to the summit involves some mild scrambling, and there's a lot of loose material - so watch for rocks dislodged by anyone ahead of you.

great hike. so much elevation but it is so worth it in the end.

hiking
11 months ago

Great and a steep hike. View at destination is just amazing. If you have a Fitbit smart tracker, it would take approx. 11000 steps and 200 floors to reach at the top.

hiking
11 months ago

Forewarning, this is a hard hike, but in my opinion a very fun hike. I loved the chicken out point. My personal opinion is chicken out point isn't scary but some people might find it to be scary. I loved the challenge and definitely the elevation change. When you get closer to the top you'll notice the altitude change and the hike will become much harder. The temperature will change quite a bit as well going from bottom to top. So bring extra clothes just in case. We started this hike at 6am and I would definitely recommend starting sooner then later. Just because this might just be the longest 7 miles ever. It takes a good amount of time to complete the hike but well worth it!

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Kicked my butt, but loved every minute of it!! So worth it!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

My father and I did this hike last year in early-mud August. It's an incredible hike and incredibly rewarding. The trail kicks your butt right from the get go, so definitely stretch out before embarking on a summit attempt. This site has the round trip mileage listed at 7.5, but that's only one way. It is 7.5 miles to the summit and 7.5 grueling miles back to your car. Start early, bring lots of water and snacks. we stayed the night at the trail head and then started climbing in the dark around 6 am and returned to our car at roughly 4pm. It's a trek to get to the top. I would not recommend it to people who have not climbed/hiked in this area or similar terrain before.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Hard hike for sure, but worth it! Leave early to beat the heat and potential storms that can come in the afternoons.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Start early

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Very scenic with lots of wildflowers.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Great first hike in this area. Beautiful and easy. Very first part just a slight hill, then just an easy hike with defined trail. Would do again.

backpacking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

We camped about half way up on the saddle and it was great. Kinda had a natural block from the wind so no issues there. The climb was pretty rough and the stretch right before Chicken Out Ridge got me. I think if I was tied in I wouldn't have minded as much but the climb with pretty sheer drops had me pretty nervous. If you don't like heights you probably don't climb peaks and I'd stick with that motto here but if danger is your thing this is a nice peak.

hiking
Friday, July 15, 2016

Very beautiful. Loved the hike.

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

It is a strenuous hike but worth the effort. Beautiful views and a lot of shaded areas. Hiked it on a hot morning but was a pleasant experience

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Super fun! Start early so your hike is in the cooler temperatures of the morning. Also, have good boots/shoes because the downhill was the worst part for me!

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

It was beautiful. My husband and I enjoyed the hike. The elevation gain going in was hard but ok. It was totally worth it when we got to the lake. It was beautiful there was still a small amount of snow on the ground.

fishing
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Awesome hike truly. Unfortunately I hiked it this year when there was tons of smoke so the views at the top were somewhat limited, but still amazing. Definitely the most strenuous hike I did this summer. There is a lot of climbing involved. I saw no mention of it anywhere, but right before chicken out ridge you climb up this narrow crevice and then there is a rather intimidating point where you have to get past an almost sheer wall to get on this pathway above. There is one foothold that is pretty far out, and below you is a long fall with a lot of sharp rocks. I found this to be the sketchiest part of the hike.

Chicken out ridge had me worried but truly isn't that bad. Everyone says staying on top is the best course of action, but there is essentially a trail that goes along the left side that isn't hard to traverse at all. The only downside to this route is it required us to climb up most of chicken out ridge, but at the very end of this trail when you come to the area with the snowfall, there's a clear and easy climbing path to get back on top of the ridge. It is strenuous but I never felt in danger at that point.

Additionally after chicken out ridge there is a huge last stretch to climb me and my buddies called "Heartbreak hill." It is an incredibly steep portion that gains 1000 feet of elevation extremely quickly, and is a complete scramble. There is no trail and you are going almost straight up on the loose rock. This part is extremely physically taxing.

But the feeling of accomplishment at reaching the summit and the flag up there provides a truly great experience. And the golf club on top allows for some fun if you bring some golf balls.

hiking
Monday, September 21, 2015

This loop trail starts at an elevation of about 8000 feet at Lake Creek Campground. For the first few miles, it stays near the creek with steep ridges towering high above. The scenery is gorgeous with whitebark pine along the ridgelines and among the numerous long rock slides fanning down from the high ridges. The canyon floor and some slopes are interspersed with willow-choked meadows and forests of fir, spruce, pine, and aspen. Fishing in the creek is really good with mostly brookies in the plentiful beaver ponds.
The incline is fairly gradual for the first four miles. Not far after a large meadow (watch for moose!), the trail splits, then climbs onto a high bench below a long, circular, granite ridge that tops out above 11,000 feet. The trail forms a loop, traversing four lakes on this high bench. If you take the left fork, you will reach Round Lake first at around 9400 feet, then Long Lake, Rough Lake, and finally Big Lake at an elevation near 9700 feet before descending to the trail intersection. The trail doesn't actually go to each lake, but short spur trails leave the loop to each lake. A fifth lake, Golden Lake is about a half mile beyond Big Lake.
There are no developed campsites (except at the trailhead which has picnic tables, water, and an outhouse), but Long Lake does have a picnic table.
I hiked the whole loop last year in early June. Some sections were muddy and there were several remaining snowdrifts. The trail switchbacks on the inclines, making the climb not too strenuous. Motorbikes and side-by-sides (50-inch width max.) are allowed on the trail, and weekends in July and August see a lot of traffic.
I hiked to Long Lake via the left fork this past week and stayed a couple days. The trail is in good shape. There was four inches of snow on the upper trail but it melted before my hike out. The creeks have lots of fish, as does Long Lake. Long Lake is a trophy lake and the limit is two fish, none under 20 inches. The biggest we caught was only 16 inches, but it was a lot of fun.
Sunrises at Long Lake are breathtaking. You can't see the actual sunrise, but the lake reflects those rocky peaks with the sun just touching them, making a stunning picture.

hiking
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Arrived at the trailhead at 6:00 am and got done just after noon. This is a hard hike, which is exactly what I was looking for. The elevation gains sap your energy and seem to never end. Chicken Out Ridge is extremely intimidating, until you just face it and get it over with. Once you're actually on the ridge it's not as bad as it looked. Saw one guy on our way out who was just standing at the bottom of chicken out ridge, unable to go on. The views were spectacular, not just at the top, but along the way as well.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

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