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 . . .
Oh, the Bristlecones!! What else can you say about that climb? Straight shotted this one from the north on Janie's Ranch road about a mile or two short of the summer trail up at the back of the gulch. Up and down overnight. The cylocybin breakfast kicked my ass at about the ridge line prior to the summit climb. Man, I sure missed my dad at that point. I do not practice such meals anymore. Praise God, sober for 12+ years. Sweet summit pic. Well worth the effort.
Very fun hike. I met a 74 year old man hiking this peak with 6 little dogs. I didn't mind the scree - it made for a fast descent. Did North Schell the day before and did White Mountain Peak the next day.
trail creek was quite serene, and somewhat unique as well... the walk through the canyon was pleasant... the climb to bp was unexciting... the traverse to montgomery was interesting
Nice long walk
fun desert scree hike with spectacular views and some interesting wildlife - including deer, hawks, and wild horses
Moogie737 and I woke to find a dead battery in the car, but we climbed anyway and were able to coordinate a jumpstart from the summit on a weak-cell-signal. We found many nice folks at the Queen Canyon Mine who were willing to help, negating the previously scheduled jumpstart from a wrecker in Tonopah, who never showed up anyway. In any case, I thought it was quite a beautiful mountain.
far drive from LA. ran into Bob Burb
Cool peak, pretty easy. Not much to look at either. Make sure you stay to the right and follow the creek bed to the saddle. Save you some effort.
Beautiful day but windy at the saddle. Very steep loose rock but made it up fine. Down was worse, and didn't see a single person all day.
Took the trail up from the saddle. It is very steep the whole way. We reached the summit around 9:45am, after a 3-hour slog.
There was still lots of smoke, but it wasn't too bad on the mountain itself.
With Tom Becht, met up with three others camped below Boundary. Followed what were probably 96avs01's tracks to Boundary, then went on to Montgomery. Tougher than expected with tons of soft snow. Trip Report
Quite a bit of work in the deep snow above 11,000 feet. Very windy and chilly but super clear skies!! Took the Queen Mine Route.
After punting on an attempt on the 26th due to heavy snow and minimal visibility we were able to slog out the route from Queen Canyon Mine on the 29th using snowshoes almost the entire day. Doubt many folks have to put in the effort that we did to top out on this highpoint.
Approached from the trailhead that passes through the B&B mine....After summiting Bounday Peak we continued on to Montgomery Peak.
Man, did the weather put a damper on my climbing plans for Memorial Day.
Our plans of camping at Queen's Canyon Mine didn't materialize since my Brother-in-law didn't make it to Benton until 11 PM so we slept in the back of his jeep. Drove up to about 9200 feet and spun out so we hiked up the road from there in about 4-6" of fresh snow and minimal visibility.
Made it Queen's Canyon saddle and start our traverse around the ridge in 6-10" of snow and near white-out conditions. Vis would vary from 1/4 mile to 25 yards. Called it a day at about 10,000 feet. Not worth being a statistic.
Had to scrap Plan B (Glass Mtn Ridge) and Plan C (Crater Mtn/South Crater) as their summits became obscured by clouds and dark skies as well.