Started up the Trail Canyon road, having to move the road closed barriers which indicated water over the road. Everything looked dry, so we thought the road would now be open. We got about 6 miles up from the Hwy 264 junction and were stopped by a complete washout. I see another party was successful in the Trail Canyon route about a month earlier so perhaps the flash flood happened during that time. I am interested in making the climb next year and would like to get an update as to road condition early next year.
Stayed in Tonopah the evening before and drove down to the Queen Mine turnoff. Was able to drive up to the trailhead (9850') which is past the actual Queen Mine parking area - OK we were lazy and didn't want to hike the extra mile... Would not recommend road in a 2WD. Great climb, bluebird day and the scree is really overrated. Some confusion on route through the boulder fields as there are multiple trails/cairns. But, pretty easy to figure out ... just go up! Had hoped to see wild horses that were noted in previous posts but the BLM had conducted a helicopter "drought gather" and removed 150 of the 228 horses in the Fish Lake Valley area a couple weeks ago - oh well ...
Hiked two miles to the saddle at sunset. Camped in the trees as the monsoon blew in. Coyotes at midnight right near the tent. Morning was crystal, took the steep ridge trail waking up wild horses.
Larry and I summited Boundary Peak via the Queen Mine route. The 6.2 mile approach on Queen Mine Road was slow but passable for most any vehicle. Hike to the saddle was on an easy-to-follow path and quite pleasant. From there it's tough sledding. The path was still identifiable on the submountain but we lost it for the final summit push and blazed our way. There is definitely a path (we found it on the way down) marked by cairns but it's hard to follow. Be on the lookout!
7 on the mountain on the day, all highpointers. We were 6 hours to the summit, 10 minutes at the summit, 4:50 down. Weather was ideal. #29 for me, #9 for Larry.
State HP #28! Wow, i feel like that was the most desolate peak I've hiked to date. We hiked the main Trail Canyon route, even though there was really no trail the whole time. The dirt road into trail canyon was in terrible shape, and if we didn't have an SUV, we would not have made it 14 miles into the trail head. Once we got to the saddle, the hike up the scree slope up toward the false summits was tough. And we boulder hopped in the upper sections too! Thankfully, i was wearing my go pro cam, and i have some fun videos from this section. We only saw 1 other person the whole day, and they were obviously state high pointing too. The weather was great though, and temps at the summit about 55. All in all, a rough and wild day, but of course, we were successful!
So, I got lost out of the forest and ended up going straight up the bowl instead of the saddle. My hiking partners went up the saddle. When we compared trails it seemed like mine was easier, albeit steeper. The scree seemed to be a little more stable and you slipped less. So we returned through the bowl and "skied" down the scree. All in all, a rough trail but fun.
Climbed via Queen Mine with 2 others. I stopped at the saddle (wasn't feeling well), and they summited. Perfect weather. Road to Queen Mine was passable in a passenger car until about a mile before Queen Mine. We camped on the side of the road. Total RT distance for the summitters was 6.12 miles, and elevation gain was 4770 ft up - 136 ft down = 4634 ft net (all according to GPS).
I posted a bunch of pictures here: https://plus.google.com/photos/112276238136923302306/albums/5917039368581274801
stunning views. up the queen mine trial. hit montgomery as well.
From Queen Mine. Only person on entire mountain.
Managed to summit and descend safely despite having AMS due to the altitude. Started from the Kennedy Saddle via the Queen Mine trail. That extra drive up is not for the faint of heart. A high-clearance vehicle or 4WD is definitely recommended due to the deep potholes that will rock your car towards the cliff. HP#27
We started at the Trail Canyon TH, but near the end of the meadow, we turned left and went straight up to a rocky east-west ridge line that we followed up to the summit of Boundary. We then took the traverse over to Montgomery and got into some sketchy terrain (very narrow, exposed ledges at one point) by taking the "wrong" way around some rocky obstacles. I suspect the "normal" route up to the Trail Canyon saddle and then up to Boundary might have been better.
Buddy and I overnighted at Queen Mine and were on the trail at 05:10. Followed a good track from Everytrail, which came in handy as general bearing through the scree and rock. Warm weather and very little snow - no special gear required.
Perfect climb for Memorial Day weekend. Snow was melted out enough so as not to need any special gear, though getting around the gendarme just before the summit was a bit tricky with icy snow bordering it on both sides (I'm sure it's simple without the snow). Beautiful day and fun hike!
I camped with two friends of mine who were to attempt to summit with me, but by the time we hit 10,500' they were in serious distress from altitude and needed to head back to camp. I summited alone, the trip was very hard in the soft scree that sapped my strength on every step but it was fantastic! Expected rain so I did not spend the extra time to go to Montgomery Peak and I regret that in hindsight.
Beautiful terrain, but for a novice like me, it was hard!
Really enjoyed the hike! Only saw a couple other hikers. Woken up by wild horses in the middle of the night. Very cool. Climbed with mebo1126.
what a miserable talus/scree slog big fan of the gendarmes on the ridge
with Loomis, Scott, and Ian.
Nice work! I am heading there in late December. How much snow was on the ground when you went? Any idea where to find the most recent condition reports or road closures?