Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2013-08-21
|Others in Party:||Jill Stone|
|Date:||Wednesday, August 21, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||13140 ft / 4005 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis trip, along with visiting the ancient bristlecone pines and climbing White Mountain Peak 2 days earlier, was part of our acclimatisation regime for Mount Whitney. It seems lots of peakbaggers visit Boundary prior to Whitney.
We used the Queen Canyon/Queen Mine approach. The access dirt road south off US Route 6 is very easy to find, opposite the old painted water/fuel tank with "JR" written on the side, but unlike some other TRs we measured it at 2.3 miles east of the CA/NV border.
The road itself was a challenge: sections narrow with vegetation encroaching (giving the rental car "desert pin-stripes"), one portion well washed by the recent storms with a gulley that needed filling with rocks before our Chevy Tahoe could cross it with all 4 wheels on the ground and several more minor gulleys too. Not sure what we would've done if we'd met anything coming down the other way and certainly not suitable for any vehicle without high clearance in its current condition despite what some TRs say.
We decided to camp at the large flat area by Queen Mine just beyond mile 6. There are several interesting old mine openings and spoil heaps and there was enough room to accommodate us and 3 other groups of hikers and their vehicles. Given the state of the road no-one attempted the additional mile to the Kennedy Saddle trailhead (with its new highpointers.org wilderness register) by vehicle, not even 2 trail bikers from Reno.
On the next day the tail end of the last storm brought thick cloud with light rain which marred our dawn departure, but we pressed on and the rain (but not all the clouds) soon cleared. Although we made the ascent as a family of 6 it was in loose association with 3 other groups of hikers from NV, AZ & AK which added to the sense of camaraderie. It took 5 hours up and 3 hours down with 45 minutes on the summit. We weren't tempted to climb Montgomery Peak given the weather and need to get to Lone Pine by that evening. A tremendous hail storm with stones big enough to cause serious pain struck just before we got back to camp and ensured we had wet tents to pack up.
Overall we really enjoyed this mountain (although we haven't climbed Nevada's other great mountain Wheeler Peak to compare) and it was very easy to follow the trail all the way using ChadL Painter's GPS Track/map printed out from this website to assist (for which many thanks). We met a group of wild horses with a foal near Trail Canyon Saddle which the children loved seeing. A nice feature of the summit box was a full-size Nevada flag to pose with in our photos. The scree/talus isn't that bad as long as you've got good dynamic balance and walking poles to aid the descent. All in all a lovely remote hike with great views along the White Mountains and across surrounding deserts.
Posing with a Nevada flag on top of Boundary Peak (2013-08-21). Photo by Peter Stone.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||4140 ft / 1262 m|
| Route:||Queen Mine Trail|
| Trailhead:||Queen Mine 9000 ft / 2743 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 2|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Time Up:||5 Hours |
| Time Down:||3 Hours |
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