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Mount Borah Peak - Idaho Highpoint
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Mount Borah Peak - Idaho HighpointCentral Idaho, ID
Central Idaho, ID
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.90 Miles 5,455 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   1.72 mph
5,455 ft AEG   3 Hrs   45 Mns Break
 
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This state highpoint has been on my radar screen for a while, so I decided that now was as good a time as any to do it.

I started at 5:00 AM and was hiking in the dark(with a headlamp) for about 1.5 hours. It was a good thing that I started in the dark, if I could have looked out ahead and seen how steep it was I might have gotten discouraged and turned around!

The first 3 miles were steep -- gaining about 4,000 feet in elevation -- but it was mostly class 1 hiking.

Chicken Out Ridge(COR) was a rush. I stayed a little too high once I got past the notch that takes you up to COR -- there was a bit of exposure along with a couple of awkward moves, but the rock was really solid. Once I got to the white gully and climbed up to where the 20 foot vertical downclimb is, I decided that I really didn't want to go down that. So I descended about 2/3 of the way from the top of the white gully down towards the trail, and traversed a bit to another gully and took that up to the saddle at the bottom of the 20 foot downclimb.

The last half mile or so to the summit was pretty steep over a lot of scree and talus, so the going for me was slow.

There were great views at the top, so I hung out at the top for a bit.

Once I got back to COR, I climbed up the near vertical 20 foot wall. The rock was solid and grippy, and handholds/footholds were plentiful and good. I think that I took a better route back going back to the notch that you off of COR.

The descent from COR was steep and tough on you quads and knees. I was sure glad that I had trekking poles on the descent.

This might be the toughest sub-10 mile hike that I have done. I would love to hike COR again as soon as tomorrow, but I am not eager to hike the 3 miles up and down from the TH to COR anytime soon.
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