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.
Took the Queen Mine route. Started at 3:40 pm from a little turn out at about 9,200'. We were following a scenic driver in a suburban that was going sooooooo slow up the road. We were two turns from the saddle, and I was so frustrated with his slow driving, that I stopped and just started hiking. This added 1.5 total miles, and 800' of elevation, but it was much faster than waiting for his slow butt to get off the road. I summitted in 1 hour 48 minutes. I thought about doing Montogomery, but was fighting the sunset, and a wife waiting in the car. Also, the summit over to Montgomery is no joke. Two big gendarmes and snow made it seem like a daunting task. Ran down most of the way and finished the 9.8 miles in 3 hours 30 minutes.
Forgot my gloves and remembered just as I was passing through Dyer. They weren't good at all but saved my bacon. Brr the wind was a howling.
Started at 2pm and took my 2:45 up and made it just as the sun was setting via the Trail Canyon route-ish. Nice thing was that most of the bog along the creek was frozen which made hiking through much faster. Lost the non-trail several times but walking is pretty easy anyways so no big deal, I just pointed myself up to the saddle. From the saddle the trail is easier to spot and had no trouble. Small snow drifts in spots but not bad at all. No crampons or ice axe needed. Down in 2:15.
Climbed Boundary Peak on 6/1/2006. There was little to no snow on the route in spite of 2005-2006 being a high snow winter. I guess there was a lot more snow in the Sierras than in the White Mountains. This was a fun hike that had its challenges following the ridges and skirting around a couple of humps.
Four hours and fifty minutes from the Trail Canyon TH. The Sierras were gleaming white on the horizon as soon as I reached the saddle, which took me two hours to get to. The trail disappears and reappears down low but once at the saddle it clearly goes left, gains the ridge, then directs you to the summit itself. Two guys from NY took the Queen Mine route but it was just the three of us for the day.
Had a terrific time climbing Boundary from the Queen Mine Trail head. Pretty straight forward climb despite the lack of trail in the upper section. Crux of route is just getting to the trail head on that gnarly road. Good times.
Beautiful day on Boundary Peak today. Conditions on the mountain are excellent: I brought mountaineering boots, crampons, and ice axe but only brought out the ice axe in the last 200' of the climb and didn't use crampons at all. Could have done the whole thing in waterproof hiking boots, my feet would have appreciated it! The register was buried in snow but luckily it was right where I drove my ice axe into the summit!
Went up the NE face instead of to Trail Canyon saddle. Next time will go up the saddle route and down the NE face route, which is very fast going down.
Hey man! I recognized your username from the Summit register on Hole-In-The-Mountain Peak. Hit me up if you're ever back toward the eastern sierra or nevada in general and want to climb!
I took a trip down towards Bishop with the intention of hiking Boundary but after stopping at some alpine lakes with fall color I really questioned why the heck I'd leave it for the desert. But, like a fool, I didn't have CA loaded onto my GPS and no maps. I finally caught of glimpse of Boundary from Mammoth and decided it'd be a fun experience. Took my 2WD drive van all the way up past Queen Mine but stopped a bit short of the saddle, can't afford a flat somewhere like this. Started out about 7AM with my two dogs and made it to the summit just before 11. Just follow the cairns and you'll be fine. A little bit of snow up high which surprised me. I had to scare away a wild horse that came charging at my dogs on the descent. Otherwise an uneventful hike. I'd like to try it this winter with some snow and maybe ski down the east face.
The great Andy Zdon puts it best: "The going is a real slog."
Driving back from a climbing trip in Yosemite and decided to tag this on the drive back. It was totally cloudy on top otherwise I might have gone to Montgomery as well.
Via Queen Mine RD. Solo hike. Not a soul on the whole mountain. Left at 5:30AM and came back at 2 PM. Montgomery is much nicer to hike due to less scree and more rocks. But the whole adventure was a very tiring, not very exciting exercise. I chose to hike these two summits in order to acclimatize for the hikes that followed.
We were the only party climbing from Trail Canyon that day. The trail does peter out into game trails. To gain the saddle we went up to the right of the gully on the sage brush, but descended in the trees on the other side of the gully. Above the saddle the trail was fairly good and skirted the 12,140' subpeak. Above the upper saddle there were a lot of braided trails - some nicer or looser than others. We stayed closer to the ridge on the way down. We found a hat. Tell me what National Championship it celebrates and I can send it to you.
Hiked via Queen Canyon route. Added Montgomery Peak as well. Just as we got down the scree field, thunderstorms rolled in making the remaining couple of miles back to the trailhead a harrowing affair. One person in the group was struck by lightning, but he was eventually able to make it out safely.