Took this Class 1 for granted and it kicked my butt. Amazing views of the wild horses and celebrated with whiskey like the prospectors of old.
Took two attempts. Got rained off on day one at 7:00 am. Drove to Mono Lake & Bodie in Cali.
Early start the second day under BRUTAL winds. Almost turned back multiple times.
Had to bail on Montgomery Peak.
HP Summit #44
Driving to Queen mine was the hardest part I think.
Camped near the trailhead. The trail through the canyon is intermittent, but the route is obvious. The trail above the saddle is pretty good until just below the summit when I lost it. Again, it was no problem, but required some scrambling. I reached the summit in a bit less than 4 hours. The weather was perfect. The descent was quick and relatively painless, although I ran out of water. Surprisingly beautiful area. Lots of wildflowers. Patches of snow. Really glad I made the effort to get out there.
Very windy long slog coming down
The road to Queen mine is absolutely horrible. On my first attempt a rock punctured one of my tires and I had to put on the spare and retreat back to Bishop. Came back a week later and made it to Queen mine; still had to hike a mile and 800 feet up to the trailhead. Great climb from there. Surprisingly pleasing scenery for a desert mountain. Hosebag peak is a tough little slog, and it's scrambletastic after that. All in all a pretty good day.
It was a long day getting to the top and down and worth it. Weather was perfect.
Queen Mine road will soon only be passable by high clearance 4x4, unless it gets graded - it's very rutted the entire way up to the Queen Mine.
We climbed the same day as you and I agree. The road was pretty sketchy, even in our rented AWD SUV.
I wish someone would grade the Queen Mine trail itself also. I've never seen so much scree in my life. The upper half of the mountain was an ugly climb.
Boundary Peak (NV)
This was an especially tough highpoint. 12 miles round trip from Queen Mine, a lack of sign posts and a sometimes hard to discern path didn't make things easy. I also got the worst sun burn of my life.
I was quite disappointed that my girlfriend was not able to summit, I would have loved to share the view with her. But, the mountain will be there for another day!
Holy cow what a slog this one was. We did a variation of the Trail Canyon route, heading up the ridge to the east of the peak and following that to the summit. Loose gravel made for a frustrating climb. Two flats on the mining road out made for an adventure to Tonopah and an unplanned night at the Clown Motel. All in all a resounding success.
Great weather. The sun was out but it wasn't hot. Parked and started at Queen Mine because I didn't trust my driving skills and rental to make it higher.
A fantastic and challenging hike/scramble on one of the more remote western state highpoints.
Approached via the Queen Mine Route and had a successful day with a fellow SPer. Hit all the key navigation points and really only got slightly off-route in the upper reaches of the mountain.
Gathering dark clouds while on the summit (as well as some fatigue) ended our thoughts of continuing on to Montgomery as originally planned.
Fun day, great peak, excellent memory.
Boundary/Montgomery dayhike on standard route.
Long scree climb
Queen Mine road is about 10 miles north of Benton and easy to find off Hwy6. Road is narrow with some erosion yet 4x4 adequate. I parked short of the flat mining area in my clean & new Subaru.
Started road hiking at 2:45pm and 2 miles up made it to trailhead sign realizing a late attempt at 3:30pm! Peak looked frighteningly far away on a distant ridge but soon came a gentle leg burner, soft dirt, and a talus scramble at the end. This 4.5 mile trail ended in a spectacular summit (viewing equipt) in just 3 hours. Evening climb came with light wind and wet sprinkle with distant lightening moving away. Descent in 2 hours at 8:30pm.
4000' elev gain. 3hrs up/2hrs down. :45 min road hike to trailhead. Enjoy Nevada's highest point!
So my sister and I started from Oakland on Friday morning and drove through Yosemite, staying the night in tiny Benton Hot Springs (population 13 and a half). I highly recommend the small motel there; their hot tubs are awesome.
We started the next morning. The directions to Queen Mine are perfect but the road is a mess. We parked at the mine and hiked from there. Little clicking insects and yellow wildflowers were with us the entire way up. We also saw a ton of little ground squirrels and a small herd of wild horses we passed both going up and on the way back.
The altitude didn't bother us like on Elbert but the trail was rough and the scree is a legtimate challenge. You don't really see the peak until a good two and a half miles into the hike and you are still pretty far. I thought we were making good time but it still took us four hours to summit and seven to finish. There were about four or five other small groups on the mountain but it was a very remote and desolate feeling. At the top is a three sixty view that shows nothing but more mountains in every direction. No sign of buildings, or roads, or anything. Overall, an enormous pain to get to (it really is near precisely nothing), but a stalwart challenge and a worthwhile endeavor.
Camped at Queen Mine and hiked the way up in lovely weather. More difficult that I thought especially since we got off trail and ended up on steep loose rock field that added a lot of time and danger to trip. route finding even back on way down is tricky with lots of rock hopping. spent like an hour on summit which helped me acclimate for Whitney in 2 days time.