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Borah Peak, Idaho


Prominence: 5982 ft, 1823 m

Elevation: 12,662 feet, 3859 meters


True Isolation: 150.76 mi, 242.62 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 12,668 ft / 3861 m
SubpeaksBorah Peak-North Peak (12,247 ft/3733 m)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)44° 8' 15'' N; 113° 46' 52'' W
44.137376, -113.781122 (Dec Deg)
277538E 4890892N Zone 12 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceIdaho (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionCuster (Highest Point)
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     SummitPost.org Page for Borah Peak
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Custer, ID by Edward Earl
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Custer, ID by Dale Millsap
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Custer, ID by Adam Helman
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Custer, ID by Scott Surgent
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Custer, ID by Dean Molen
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Custer, ID by John Birrer
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Custer, ID by Carl Millsap

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Lists that contain Borah Peak:
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #51)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #31)
     United States State High Points (plus DC) (Rank #11)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #27)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #27)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #11)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #21)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #21)
     Idaho Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     USA Lower 48 Range3 High Points (Rank #8)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #64)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #57)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #26)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 5000 feet of Prominence (Rank #27)
     U.S. National Forest High Points (Rank #22)
     USA Peaks with 6000 feet of Prominence (Unranked)
     Most Isolated Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #20)
     Idaho 11,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #32)
     Idaho Peaks with 25 Miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
     Idaho County High Points (Rank #1)
     Idaho County Prominence Peaks (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1991-08-18 by Lane Johnson
     2000-07-25 by Austin Smith
     2004-07-04 by Ben Lostracco
     2004-07-24 by David Obert
     2006-07-09 by Dennis Poulin
     2007-07-23 by Caj Svensson
     2007-08-18 by Chris Olsen
     2010-07-31 by Jason Anderson
     2010-08-14 by Lane Erickson
     2011-07-16 by William Musser
     2012-06-27 by Walter Blume (GPS Track)
     2012-08-02 by Brian Friedrich
     2012-08-11 by Richard Hensley
     2012-08-17 by Kelsey Backen
     2012-08-27 by Mary Ruth Hambrick
     2012-09-08 by Weston Broadbent
     2013-07-15 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2013-08-04 by Jason Vogler
     2013-08-05 by Tye Scott
     2013-09-14 by Daniel McLaughlin

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Description:

Borah Peak, the highest point in Idaho, is a large and rugged summit crowning the dry and isolated Lost River Range in the central part of the state. The Lost Rivers are perhaps the driest range in all the Rockies--what little forest clings to their slopes is open, sparse, and dusty, and the valleys surrounding the range are wide-open sagebrush reminiscient of Nevada. Borah Peak, naked of vegetation, still looks like the giant fault block it was back when it first rose up out of the desert.

Climbing Notes:

In summer the ascent is relatively easy, given that the vertical gain on the standard route is a punishing 5300 feet. The first of the two main obstacles to the summit is the horribly dusty, boulder strewn Birch Springs road leading east off of US 93 north of Mackay--it includes a couple trenches and steps resulting from a powerful 1983 earthquake. The second main obstacle comes after the well-worn route has ascended steeply for a few thousand feet: a notch forces the climber to downclimb a 20-foot vertical face, but plentiful strong hand- and footholds make this easy for the expeienced scrambler, even if solo. Other than that the climb is mostly a lot of broken talus. Snow would certainly make things more difficult, though.

Most climbers do Borah as a day hike, although a draining one. There is no water on the mountain at all, and few level spots, so camping out would be difficult. Leave extra time if you feel you need a rope for the short vertical face. Borah Peak is one of the more challenging state highpoints, but a typical day will still see a reasonably large number of people on the trail, all drawn by the lure of a high point.

Other routes on Borah besides the standard ascent from Birch Springs are virtually never attempted, and the entire remainder of the Lost River Range is a virgin wilderness where many of the peaks, among them the highest in Idaho, still have no names. The difficulty of access, extreme aridity, and huge expanses of scree and talus are likely to keep things this way.


A view of the cleft forepeak along Borah's north ridge (1991-08-23).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 5982 ft/1823 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 6022 ft/1835 m
  Line Parent: Francs Peak
  Key Col: 6680 ft/2036 m
Isolation150.76 mi/242.62 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Middle Teton  (E)
Isolation Limit Point: 43° 43' 48'' N; 110° 48' 45'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Rocky Mountains
Range3: Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains (Highest Point)
Range4: Lost River-Lemhi Ranges (Highest Point)
Range5: Lost River Range (Highest Point)
Drainage Basins
Snake
Columbia
Pacific Ocean

Salmon (HP)
Snake
Columbia
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Salmon-Challis National Forest (Highest Point)
Topo MapBorah Peak O44113b7 1:24,000
Route #1 Exposed Scramble
Trailhead: 7250 ft/2210 m
Vertical Gain: 5412 ft/1649 m
Distance (one way): 3.25 mi/5.23 km
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Other Photos

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Sucessful summit of the tallest peak in Idaho (2011-07-16). Photo by Karen Musser.
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08/31/14 - A fresh layer of snow made my late summer climb just a little more interesting than I had planned! (2014-08-31). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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