|Johnny Ong and
I hiked to the top of Mount Borah on August 6th. 2007. It took us seven hours. but we were not in a hurry and I took a
lot of Pictures and breaks. The total trip took twelve hours and fifteen minutes. We headed up the trailhead at 6:05am and
arrived back to the trailhead at 6:20pm.|
Looking back after the trip I am glad to have made the successful attempt to
summit Mount Borah. what a view. I knew it was going to be tough to get past the famous Chicken-Out ridge but had no idea
what we were up against.
We met up with a lady close to the Chicken-Out ridge that was heading back down the mountain
after making her attempt to get passed the famous ridge. fear of heights and having to cross rock ledges caused her to turn
back. All I can say is if your an experienced rock climber and no fear of heights. it would be easy. We met several people
that day and the day before that turned back at the Chicken-out-ridge. Another person turned back after making it most of the
I was a little apprehensive about getting past it on the return trip. that's how intense it was. I don't mean
to scare anyone but if you decide to climb idaho's tallest mountain you had better be prepared as there is some risk
involved and as long as you pay attention and not get in a big hurry shouldn't be a problem. Even if you only make it to the
Chicken-Out ridge the views are spectacular and well worth the hike.
View of Borah at a distance.
View from the trailhead.
Borah peak is just barely visable in the middle of the picture
Johnny's taking a look at what were getting
Plotted this route with GPS
1.64 Miles into hike. View is
to the North just coming out of the tree line.
Shelter at the tree line.
This is where we stashed some of our water for the return trip.
8:29am: 1.81 miles
into hike. My son-in-law Johnny with a view to the North
8:30am: View of the Birch
Springs campground and trailhead (Bottom Right)
8:52am: Looking up towards Chicken out ridge.(Middle Left)
8:54am: View to the South
9:05am: Looking back down
9:52am: View to the South
9:54am: Aprox. 2.8 miles.
Close to Chicken out ridge
10:04am: Working around the South side of
Chicken out ridge. At the point I took this picture is where many have turned away.
10:10am: Johnny working down and around to get to other side of Chicken out ridge. The first
10:13am: Looking back at beginning of Chicken out ridge
10:13am: Looking down and to the South
10:13am: Looking back at the beginning section of Chicken out ridge.
10:21am: View as we are almost through the first section of Chicken out ridge.
10:22am: Reaching the top of first section of Chicken out ridge.
10:24am: View of the cross over point
10:25am: View of Borah
10:26am: Working our way around
10:26am: As you can see the trail gets a little tough at times. Watch your step and hang onto the rock
10:28am: Another view of Borah summit
10:38am: Looking to the West
10:39am: At this
point it was decided to climb up the "Smoke Stack" to reach the snow bridge
10:39am: Climbing up to the top of the last portion of Chicken out ridge. Hang on and watch your