the peak of Mount Borah in Central Idaho

What is the Best Way to Explore Mount Borah?

There are so many places to explore in Central Idaho’s vast wilderness. Whether you want to raft down the scenic Salmon River, go swimming in an alpine lake, or hike Mount Borah, the tallest mountain in the state, there are endless ways to enjoy your vacation in our beautiful oasis. If you want to find a complete list of activities and attractions in the Sawtooth Mountains, request our free Stanley Adventure Guide!

Why Should You Hike Mount Borah?

Climbing Details

Mount Borah is the tallest peak in Gem State, which automatically takes hiking or climbing up the varied terrain a unique journey in and of itself. All in all, the trail is 7.3-miles up the mountain and takes a full day to make it up and back down. You’ll have to leave early in the morning to start your hike, especially given that Stanley is a three-hour drive from Mount Borah.

The trail starts near US Highway 93. The first 1.5 miles of the path weaves through alpine forests before continuing the steep climb until you reach the ridgeline. The grade lessons for a little bit before almost becoming vertical before you reach Chicken Out Ridge. This part of the hike received that name because of the many hikers choose to turn around at this point. If you continue to the Mount Borah peak, you’ll have to exhibit patience and careful footing until you connect back with the trail. Once you traverse this section, there is a rocky half-mile portion of the summit before you reach the top. Revel in the views and eat your lunch before heading back down the mountain.


Hiking Mount Borah is for experienced hikers in good physical condition. The steep ascents and rocky cliffs are hazards, so you should only trek the challenging portions of the mountain with adequate preparation. The weather also changes frequently, making it essential to plan out your trip and be able to adjust quickly. One of the best ways to ensure a safe hike up Mount Borah is to book an excursion with a local tour company like Sawtooth Mountain Guides!

Mount Borah Packing List

Although the trek up Mount Borah is only a “day hike,” but the difficulty of the journey warrants a packing list to make sure that you are safe and comfortable.

  • Backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Light fleece jacket
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Plenty of water
  • Harness and helmet (if you plan on climbing portions of the trail)

Book Your Stanley, ID, Getaway

Triangle C Cabins is the perfect place to base your Sawtooth Mountains adventure! Our rustic cabins feature modern amenities and comfortable furnishings so you can disconnect from the rest of the world. Enhance your stay with one of our Adventure Bundles! Each of our bundles features a unique assortment of activities like backcountry skiing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and more!

a line of Triangle C Cabins in Stanley, Idaho

Book your stay with us or with one of our sister properties in the area for an incredible Central Idaho experience! Take a look at the activities and amenities that all of our guests can access at Redfish Lake Lodge and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime! We look forward to welcoming you to the Redfish family!