Route Climbed: Trail Canyon Date Climbed: June 24, 2000
On June 23-24 Joel and I made a quick trip to Nevada to climb Boundary Peak. At 13,140 ft., it is the highest point in the state. The trip starts with a 14.7 mile trip over a rugged dirt road to the trail head. We headed up the trail which follows a small stream. Someone had painted blue arrows on rocks to help point the way. There are many cow paths, along with the cows that created them, through the willows and scrub. The main trail was pretty well traveled and well marked until a boggy spring area. We did see only one other person along the trail. Beyond the boggy area it is pretty easy to find your way. The day started out warm but cooled off nicely as night came. We spent the night among some limber pines near the head of Trail Canyon. Saturday morning had cows all around watching us. We watched the wild horses on the ridge to our north as we ate breakfast. There was a pretty well traveled trail up the side of a large bowl. Actually it looks a though there are several trails. Follow the most well traveled trail just to the right of a false summit to a saddle. The trip to this point is through scree and makes for some very slow and tough travel. Once up to the saddle the summit is in view and the trip is scrambling over larger and much more stable rock. It took us 4.5 hours from our camp site to the summit, 3.5 of it getting to the saddle. There were tremendous views of Eastern Yosemite area and Mono Lake to the Northwest, and the rest of the White Mountains to the South. Montgomery Peak loomed close by and looked like a good scramble but there were thunder storms in the area and it was already mid afternoon. Be careful as you come down from the saddle as the footing is treacherous with a fair bit of plunge stepping in the loose rock. We did have a little small hail just as we started down. Our drive back toward Lee Vining, CA we saw an amazing lightning show ahead of us as we headed west on CA Highway 120.