Custer County High Point Trip Report
Borah Peak (12,662 ft)
Date: July 1, 2000
Author: Edward Earl
Lots of people have done this one, and I did it pretty much by the book, so I won't give a complete
account. There are a couple of updates of note, though. First, I could find no evidence on the earthquake
fault of 1983 on the drive up, so whatever road damage there was from that has been completely repaired.
Second, there are now about 4 or 5 campsites at the trailhead -- very convenient for those who want an
early start. There's also a bathroom now. I stayed at one of the campsites and started at 5 AM to beat the
electricity. A well-worn use trail now goes the entire way, but I suggest that you not follow it at Chicken
Out Ridge where it traverses several steep icy chutes with great exposure below. I recommend that you
climb the pinnacles on the crest of the ridge instead, where the exposure is no greater than 15'. For me,
the famous snow bridge was not exposed at all because its crest was pretty broad. I reached the summit
around 10 AM. The heavy stainless steel register box has been shattered by a lightning strike.