Bluebird day without smoke from the western forest fires or wind. Expected the scree to be worse than some reported.
Awesome day, great weather and good company. This was a remote area with a long access road. Camped at the trailhead the night before and got an early start. Nice views from the top.
After much research and discussion with climbing partner, came to the conclusion this was ridge walk. With post-COVID lungs and 3 months of couch surfing, this seemed like a good idea to start with. Half way into the hike in (which seemed like a nice hike) we came around the corner, and in the words of my friend “What the actual f*ck” the trail straight up begins. 1.4 miles up 2300 feet vertical of boulder hopping, scree climbing and route finding. Yay for the summit. Now to get down. Side note: breathed better at 13,000 feet then I did in a year post MERS and COVID. This should be studied.
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.
I totally took it for granted. Just a ridge walk they say.
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.