Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Unknown
No Drinking Water
About Mt. Borah Trailhead and Camping Area

This area serves as a base camp for climbing the tallest mountain in Idaho. It has 5 campsites, accessible vault toilet, No drinking water, safety and informational signs. Nearby areas of interest include Earthquake site and Mackay Reservoir.

USDA Forest Service
Drive In
No ADA Access
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
No Trash
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Mt. Borah Trailhead and Camping Area is located in Idaho
44.1336 N
-113.8373 W
Get Directions
From Mackay: Take US Highway 93 approximately 20 miles north of Mackay to the Borah Peak Access Road. Follow the Borah Peak Access Road 3 miles to the trailhead. From Challis: Take Us Highway 93 south of Challis to the Borah Peak Access Road. Follow the Borah Peak Access Road 3 miles to the trailhead. From Sun Valley/Ketchum: Take Highway 75 (main street) to Sun Valley Road. Turn northeast onto Sun Valley Road. This road turns into Trail Creek Road (closed in winter). Follow this road to Highway 93. Turn left on Highway 93. Follow this road 4.5 miles to the Borah Peak Access Road. Follow the Borah Peak Access Road 3 miles to the trailhead.
2 Reviews of Mt. Borah Trailhead and Camping Area
Wonderful Views @ a Semi-Primitive CG

Wow!  Absolutely the best spot to set up camp if you're looking at doing an alpine attempt on the roof of Idaho, Mt. Borah!  The campground sits right around 7200'  which is a decent bit cooler than the Big Lost River Valley to the west.  There is also a good bit of shade despite there being few large trees.  Its kind of a transition between the sage brush and juniper climate zones.  There are picnic tables and metal fire rings @ each site but there is absolutely no running water so be sure to fill your water bottles and camelbaks in Mackey which is the closest town.  There are vault toilets but no other amenities.  The perk of being fairly primitive is that the sites are only $5 a night!

If you're planning on summiting Borah it's a good idea to get an alpine start <6 AM so you don't get baked by the sun as there's no shade the last 2 miles and sparse shade the first 1.5.  It is a brutal hike if you're not prepared.  The trail ascends 5200' of elevation in just over 3.5 miles.  Your legs will probably burn, bring hiking poles for the descent!  If you don't feel like hiking there are plenty of rivers nearby in which to fish and great spots to check out the scarp of the 1980's Mt. Borah earthquake, which you drive across on the way to the campground/trailhead.

First to Review
Perfect Location

Easy access, adequate parking, fairly priced and enclosed, clean toilets. This is the best place to camp for an early ascent of Borah Peak.

There are no questions where the trailhead is and even at the peak, you can glance down and see your car. We had no issues with theft or vandalism. The smell of sage permeates the air as you look out over the open fields at camp.

NOTE:  No water available at the site.  We stopped in Mackay on our way there to get water, food and fuel.