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)
277538 E 4890892 N, Zone 12 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceIdaho (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionCuster (Highest Point)

Search Engines - search the web for "Borah Peak":
     Wikipedia Search
     Microsoft Bing Search
     Google Search
     Yahoo Search

Other Web Sites
     Borah Peak at
     Borah Peak at
     Weather for Borah Peak Mount Borah at
     Borah Peak Climbing Guide Trip Report for Custer, ID by Edward Earl Trip Report for Custer, ID by Dale Millsap Trip Report for Custer, ID by Adam Helman Trip Report for Custer, ID by Scott Surgent Trip Report for Custer, ID by Dean Molen Trip Report for Custer, ID by John Birrer Trip Report for Custer, ID by Carl Millsap

Weather and Snow
     National Weather Service Forecast
     NOAA Snow Depth Map

Lists that contain Borah Peak:
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #27)
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #51)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #31)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #27)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #21)
     Western USA Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #12)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #57)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #64)
     Most Isolated Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #20)
     United States State High Points (plus DC) (Rank #11)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #21)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #11)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #26)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #32)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #27)
     U.S. National Forest High Points (Rank #22)
     Idaho Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     USA Lower 48 Range3 High Points (Rank #8)
     Rocky Mountain Range4 High Points (Rank #14)
     Idaho 11,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     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:
       Exploring Idaho's Mountains (Lopez)
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)
       Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Winger)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     2003-08-09 by Scott Surgent
     2004-07-04 by Ben Lostracco
     2004-07-24 by David Obert
     2006-07-09 by Dennis Poulin
     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
     2012-08-17 by Kelsey Backen
     2012-09-08 by Weston Broadbent
     2013-07-15 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2013-08-04 by Jason Vogler
     2013-09-14 by Daniel McLaughlin
     2014-07-13 by Brandon Boulier (GPS Track)
     2016-06-29 by Eric Lombardo (GPS Track)
     2016-07-07 by David Odenwalder
     2016-08-11 by Ryan Turner (GPS Track)
     2017-08-19 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2017-08-20 by Marcus Lostracco
     2017-08-21 by Joe Merlone
     2017-08-23 by Arthur Caverly (GPS Track)
     2018-07-09 by Brian Hutchins
     2018-07-26 by David Darby (GPS Track)
     2018-08-15 by Nick Goumas
     2018-09-29 by Anthony Wilkinson

View ascents of peak by registered members (466 total)

Nearby Peak Searches:
     Radius Search - Nearest Peaks to Borah Peak
     Elevation Ladder from Borah Peak
     Prominence Ladder from Borah Peak


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).
Web Map LinksPeakfinder Panorama
GeoHack Links   CalTopo   MyTopo   Bing Maps
Google Maps   Open Street Map
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
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 150.76 mi/242.62 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 43.729876, -110.812472
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Middle Teton  (E)
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
Pacific Ocean

Salmon (HP)
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
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
Dynamic Map

 Borah Peak    Other Peaks
Click Here for a Full Screen Map

Other Photos

Click on photo for original larger-size version.
Sucessful summit of the tallest peak in Idaho (2011-07-16). Photo by Karen Musser.
Click here for larger-size photo.
Click on photo for original larger-size version.
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.
Click here for larger-size photo.

Click on photo for original larger-size version.
View of the summit in early June 2016 from the top of Chicken-out ridge (2016-06-02). Photo by Levi Dayley.
Click here for larger-size photo.
Click on photo for original larger-size version.
View down en route to Borah Peak, ID (2006-11-27). Photo by Jerry Beals.
Click here for larger-size photo.

Click on photo for original larger-size version.
View to the snowfield-chicken out Ridge. Photo by Iwan Auderset.
Click here for larger-size photo.
Click on photo for original larger-size version.
Just a few meters more to the summit. Photo by Iwan Auderset.
Click here for larger-size photo.

This page has been served 58637 times since 2004-11-01.

Copyright © 1987-2019 by All Rights Reserved. Questions/Comments/Corrections? See the Contact Page Terms of Service