• When: July 19-21, 2013
  • Where:  Salmon Challis National Forest
  • Distance: 1.7 miles
  • Elevation Range: 8,300 to 12,600 feet
  • Location: Mt. Borah Trailhead
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium to Strenuous
  • Accepting: 8 Volunteers


Project Description

Mt. Borah is Idaho’s tallest peak, rising to around 12,600 feet. Located in the rugged Lost River Mountains near Mackay, Idaho, summiting Borah is a lifetime accomplishment for many people, and the trail to the top draws in visitors from around the country. The trail heading to the top has a reputation as being steep, and unfortunately, in poor condition.

The 1.7 mile trail, which is very steep and in very poor repair, up to Chicken Out Ridge. High use and extreme soil erosion has caused multi-braiding. Reconstruction of the trail in the existing trail corridor, along with the placement of natural physical barriers to deter the cutting of switchbacks will greatly reduce the impact by climbers and hikers on the trail tread. Beside the placement of barriers, native vegetation will be planted to keep the recreating public in the existing trail corridor and away from previously damaged areas.

This project will be very labor intensive and work will occur on very steep slopes. This will be a 3 day weekend project. In order to get a full day of work in we are asking folks to arrive the night before. Plan on showing up Thursday night with work on Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday before heading home Sunday afternoon/evening.

We will meet at the Mt. Borah Trailhead on Thursday at 8:00 p.m., the night before the project begins to do a brief orientation and go over safety protocols. There is a campground at the trailhead; participants should plan on camping there.

This project will be conducted over 2 weekends in “shoulder season” months: early July and mid-September for public safety. So if you miss our July weekend, consider participating in September.

This project is sponsored by the Boise REI Store.

Sign Up

If you are interested in signing up for this project, please complete the form below.  An ITA representative will contact you with more information about the project.  If you need more information, you can send an email to trails@idahotrailsassociation.org.