What a great adventure. A great drive/hunt to find the Mountain, a lonely, quiet camp spot, a faint trail that we lost immediately, a steep face that rolled away as we stair-milled up - redlining our heart rates, a decent descent trail (the right one), amazing views and wild horses on the hike out. This mountain captured the essence of wilderness and solitude for me. I miss it.
We set up camp as snow began falling at the Queen Mine. By morning, snow blanketed the entire area, and progress was slow. We donned snowshoes before long, then removed them as the snow thinned out on the wind blown ridge. By noon, we had only made it to around 12,000 feet, below the false summit, and the weather did not seem to be clearing. We returned to camp, packed up, and headed for burgers, beer, and the bright lights of Vegas.
Climbed the west ridge starting from the trail canyon trailhead. Single day, but very long going this way, we saw HUGE quartz boulders along the way. I ran out of water at the summit and was mildly dehydrated (N/V, headache, Dizzyness) by the time we got back to camp.
Hit this one between Shasta and going to AZ for the AZ trail. I started out very late at night and camped on a rock above the bristlecones, going up well after dawn. Didn't feel like doing the adjoining, higher peak (Montgomery) in CA.
Via Queen Canyon with MM on the way back from doing Whitney. This is the only time that I've ever seen wild horses.
...from Queen Mine. Saw a pack of 8 wild horses. Very cool animals.
Went with a guy from Flagstaff. Didn't sleep at all the night before. I thought there was no way I could do the hike, driving out there from Tonopah. It was divine intervention that gave me the energy to do it! That and the weather was perfect. It took 5 hours to reach the top. Hey I'm quite proud of this one. I liked the hike a lot. Everytime we looked back on the way down, we kept saying, that was sick. I drove back to the sign on the road, and got a picture of me giving a thumbs up. It was a great way to start off a vacation. There was no one else on the mountain at all.
Started at the high point of the road on the saddle above queen mine. Bagged both Boundary and Montgomery. The traverse to Montgomery is super sketchy!
My son and I camped by Queens mine and drove to the trailhead in the morning. The famous scree wasn't as bad as advertised. Had the mountain to ourselves until we reached the summit where we met a couple from Cali. One of my favorite hikes.
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