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Mackay, Idaho, United States

Borah Peak - Highpoint of Idaho

Stand on the roof of Idaho!

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Difficulty: Difficult
Length: 7.2 miles / 11.6 km
Duration: Full day
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Overview: This is the highest peak in the Lost River Range of Idaho as well as the State's highpoint. The standard route to the top of this 12,662 ft peak is the Southwest Ridge from the Birch Springs Trailhead. This ascent of of over 5,250 feet in less than 4 miles is steep but can easily be done in a day. If it is early season you may want to bring an axe crampons and your mountaineering skills.

Tips: Birch Sprins Road Trailhead:
Take Highway 93 21 miles north of Mackay to the Borah Peak Access Road (Birch Springs Road). Follow Birch Springs Road east for 3.0 miles to the trailhead.

Points of Interest


Birch Springs Road Trailhead

Plenty of parking places. No fees.

Approaching the snow bridge

The snow bridge on this route is the most dangerous crossing. Usually in mid-season and summer there is a clear boot path across it but even so there is a lot of exposure and you do not want to fall on either side of it. Some parties may want to rope up over this section.

The Snow Bridge

Take your time. There is a lot of exposure here.

Summit of Borah Peak

Highest Point in Idaho. Enjoy it if it's not too windy which it often is.
Pictures in this guide taken by: JonathanEllinger

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