BORAH PEAK (ALSO KNOWN AS MOUNT BORAH OR BEAUTY PEAK) IS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE U.S. STATE OF IDAHO AND ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT SUMMITS IN THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES STANDING AT 3,859 M (12,662 FT) ABOVE SEA LEVEL.
The mountain is situated in the middle part of the Lost River Range, within the Challis National Forest in eastern Custer County. Interestingly, it stayed nameless until it was discovered to be higher than Hyndman Peak, previously regarded as the Idaho’s highest point. In February 1934, the U.S. Geological Survey named it after William Borah, an outspoken isolationist and the prominent senior U.S. Senator from Idaho, who had served for nearly 27 years at the time and was Dean of the Senate.
The most popular climbing route requires ascending 1,604 m (5,262 ft) up from the trailhead to the summit. An ice axe is strongly recommended for the cooler seasons. Three climbers have lost their lives at Borah Peak. Two climbers ascending the northwest ridge in 1977 were killed in an avalanche. Another climber in 1987 died on a glissade during his descent.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN IDAHO:
- Borah Peak – 3,859 m (12,662 ft), in the central section of the Lost River Range, Custer County, Idaho, United States.
- Leatherman Peak - 3,727 m (12,228 ft), 7.2 km (4.5 miles) southeast of Borah Peak, Custer County, Idaho, United States.
- Diamond Peak - 3,719 m (12,202 ft), in the Lemhi Range in the Rocky Mountains, Idaho, United States.
- Mount Idaho - 3,677 m (12,065 ft), in Salmon-Challis National Forest, Custer County, Idaho, United States.
- Hyndman Peak - 3,660 m (12,0009 ft), at the border between Custer and Blaine counties, Idaho, United States.
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