Ascent of Borah Peak on 2013-08-05

Climber: Tye Scott

Date:Monday, August 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Borah Peak
    Elevation:12662 ft / 3859 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived to the Borah Peak parking lot the night before summiting. There's a bathroom and a few camping spots there which makes it nice since there's not much else going on in the area. Was rather surprised to see 5 other vehicles parked on a Sunday night. Awoke early and hit the trail about 15 minutes before official sunrise with my friend Pete.

We set a fast pace and didn't stop until we broke through the tree line. The trail is steep and pretty much unrelenting for the duration to the summit but it's also short. Once we reached 'Chicken Out Ridge' we lost sight of the trail but simply proceeded with what we thought was an acceptable route. If you're timid of heights it could be challenging to get across this area because of the exposure but technically it's about as difficult as climbing the roof on your house.

Once you move beyond 'COR' the trail reappears and is essentially a straight shot to the summit. There's some mild boulder hopping on the last section that looks more difficult than it is. From the summit there's beautiful open views in all directions and the speck of a parking lot down below. In a rush to get going on our next summit, Pete and I jogged down to the car with the exception of 'COR'. Passed 10-12 people on the way down.

Note - the trailhead sign reads 3.5 miles to the summit but we gps'd our route and it indicated 3.92 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5412 ft / 1649 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Trailhead:Borah Peak Parking Lot  7250 ft / 2209 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Calm, sunrise start
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes

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