As is often the case when driving from sea-level on Friday and attempting a high peak on Saturday, we felt pretty miserable from the altitude on this moderate hike. Instead of going up to Trail Canyon Saddle, we followed a well-defined path that led southwest from the meadow to the 12,100' saddle below Boundary. We had hoped to do Montgomery Peak as well, but already feeling nauseated and dizzy, elected to save it for another trip. Overall, a nice hike, but the views from the top were 1) quite hazy due to a wildfire in the Sierras and 2) blocked by Montgomery. Nevertheless, a great day to be out.
Wonderful hike up the Queen Mine Route with Steve and John. We had the entire mountain to ourselves all day. Perfect weather with summit temps. about 60F and light winds. On the way back down we enjoyed photographing a herd of eight wild horses on the long flat between the two saddles. #18 on the HP list for me!
Fun and beautiful hike. I traversed over to Montgomery before heading down. If you have the time and the weather is decent I strongly recomend this, its worth it. This was the 2nd to last climb of a 2 week road trip across the country - Magazine Mountain, Black Mesa, Wheeler (NM),Wheeler (NV) Boundary, and Panorama Point last.
Was attempting to climb Boundary and Montgomery Peaks. I got up there Friday and set up base camp. I then summitted on Saturday. The altitude was kicking my butt since I had been kind of lazy the month prior. The weather was supposed to be cold and windy and sunny. On the ascent a lenticular cloud came out of nowhere. Within 45 minutes it went from sunny to 50-60 mph winds, blowing snow, and minus 30 windchills. Was very intense for a couple hours. I managed to reach the summit in this. After I descended the weather cleared back up but was still windy. The entire mountain from where I parked at 9000 feet to summit was covered in snow. Ice axe and crampons were required above 11,000 feet.
Lovely snow climb, windy on the ridge. Looked at Monty, will be back. Bagged Trail Canyon peak from the saddle on the descent.
Day hike from Queen Mine Route on a beautiful but windy day. Afterwords, traverse over to Montgomery Peak.
Surprisingly snowy on the north and northeast slopes -- I wish I had brought my bread bags.
Dad, Rudy and I made it up here as a summer storm was brewing and Dad and I got hit by a leader bolt!! Pretty intense and we headed down very quickly after that too! Great hike and a really fun time, minus the lightning.
Camped out at Queen's Mine, then 4x4 to the end of the road at about 9200 ft. The trail/path seemed pretty easy to follow for us. Traversed to Montgomery Peak after reaching the NV highpoint. The scree wasn't too bad, but I still wish I would have brought gaiters.
camped in trail canyon and celebrated my 52nd b-day with my wonderful wife of 27 years. got a late start saturday and took the left fork of the canyon, leading to the saddle south of trail creek saddle. guess that's what i get for not having a route description or map, and just following the well beaten descent path. what a slog! after reading the entry to this page now i understand why i thought i had already climbed the highpoint of NV in the past. guess when i did wheeler in the early 80s it was the highest? can i claim 2 NV highpoints? :-) Descent of the standard trail canyon route. don't think it really was any better!?
fantastic day, great climb. queen's trail very easy to follow
Tough to find the Queens mine cutoff from highway at night. On it's own a good hike. With Montgomery I found it challenging. Hard to stay on trail once you hit the base of the mountain.
A beautiful day to be on the mountain. Another Cops on Top venture, meeting new people, and honoring the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget.
Lost the "trail" many times so we basically slogged up loose scree most of the way from Trail Canyon Saddle. Traversed over to Montgomery afterwards.
Hiked up from the saddle above the Queen mine. Nice trail the whole way. Not steep at all until you reach the base of Boundary. Very scenic route, better in my opinion than the trail canyon route. Slogged over to Montgomery after Boundary. Didn't see another soul the whole day!
Initially I thought after summiting that the greatest relief in the whole endeavor would be arriving at the trailhead after an hour on that road! Turns out I was wrong.
I had been fasting for 24 hours as part of a spiritual fast when I hit the trailhead at 11:15 a.m. Somewhere along the ridgeline I had briefly taken off my Camelbak (containing my cell phone, passport, ATM/Debit card, health insurance cards, water, and bars/gels in case of emergency). At the summit I realized I had left my Camelback behind and searched for it along the ridgeline on the way down. This took quite some time, and it began to grow dark. Finally I abandoned my search and started down the scree from the saddle - except it wasn't long before I realized I was NOT in the right canyon. "No problem," I thought, I'll traverse over the ridgeline to get there. This led me into some dense trees and some bristlecones. I still figured I'd be fine as long as I kept descending, I might find a different trail. Soon it was almost completely dark, and the sound of bubbling water sent me running to a stream to fill my dry mouth.
I found a place to lay down for the night (I didn't even bother grabbing my headlamp for a simple dayhike!), my head propped up on a small rock and laying in the dirt. I enjoyed the night sky plenty, with very little sleep - I saw 3 shooting stars. At sunrise, I decided I would hike up to the ridgeline just above me for a bird's-eye view, thinking the trail canyon HAD to be just on the other side of the ridge. I was sadly mistaken.
Once my view confirmed my bleak situation, I decided I would continue hiking up toward the summit and retrace the ridgeline back down the saddle. It did not take long before I realized that over 48 hours without food and over 12 hours without water would not easily get me up to the summit. Not only that, but once I got to the summit I would be in desperate need of water. So at 12,000 feet, just above treeline, I headed back down the canyon to the nearest spring and guzzled down some water.
From this point I decided to simply follow the stream out - it was still morning, so only 4-5 hours of wasted time! I also knew that with highway surrounding the peak on 3 sides, so long as I avoided hiking south, eventually I would hit a road. The going was tough - trying to find the best side of the canyon to hike down, crossing the stream multiple times and fighting deep entanglements of rose thorns each time, stopping occasionally to sip more water. (I'm well aware of the risks, but in the toss-up between giardia and dehydration, I went with giardia.)
The water lifted my spirits plenty, and I kept trucking, stopping only to sip water or to empty my boots. I forgot to mention that my boots had only been used once previously, and this highpoint was meant to be a simple dayhike to help break them in! So now I have blisters on both feet the size of small rodents, which also made the going a bit tougher than it should have been.
Finally, toward late afternoon, I came upon a dirt road. I noticed a pickup truck parked on it and called out, but heard from no one. I hiked several miles down the road before the truck, headed in the same direction, caught up to me. They were EXTREMELY generous, giving me a ride back to my truck and exchanging cash for an endorsed check I gave them so I could get gas for the drive back to Berkeley (all my cash and card are still up there somewhere...).
It's been over 24 hours since my return to civilization. NO symptoms of giardia yet, fingers crossed!
State HP #6. This one was harder-earned, but well worth every step of the way!
Camped at Queen Mine and hiked up the following day. Great weather, enjoyable route on an easy-to-follow trail almost all the way.
Great day up the Queen Mine route, no snow on the route and just a few drifts on the way to Montgomery, but quite a bit of snow visible on White Mtn. Lots of ladybugs to keep us company.
Interesting to hear all the state highpointers going on about how this is so tough, they having not done any other western states yet.
Climbed with Jim and CoreyMutt via Queen Canyon Mine. It does indeed seem folly to climb this peak, since when you stand on the summit you can look up the same ridgeline to higher Mt Mongomery, across the border. But, "state high peaks" and all that rot, I suppose it had to be done. In any case, it's a great area. Lots of hot springs in the area to soak in afterwards--my favorite has an outstanding view of Mt Morrison.
Climbed the NW Ridge from 7,000 ft in the Chalfant Valley as a start to a traverse of the White Mtns. Horrendous weather and my team mates leaving me solo caused me to rethink plans and bail on the traverse. Snow about this time last year kept me from getting anywhere near Boundary's summit, so at least this was an improvement! Maybe next year . . .