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Ascent of Montgomery Peak on 2018-07-07

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Jen Chapman
Richard Hensley
Susan Murphy
Penny Sinisi
Erwin Kollegger
Date:Saturday, July 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Montgomery Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13441 ft / 4096 m

Ascent Trip Report

While this was my second ascent of this peak- I don't know how I had mis-remembered the trail to Boundary as being "good" and the traverse from Boundary to Montgomery as "not bad".

Getting to this trailhead was not bad- there's a pretty major road coming in from US 6 and a high clearance vehicle can get to the mine without much difficulty. Beyond that, the road does get a bit more difficult, particularly rutted, but should still be passible for high clearance vehicles.

This was my first time starting from the Queen Mine Saddle, and I found that a much more enjoyable start than trail canyon. The trail was easy to follow to Trail Canyon Saddle where the trails combine. From there, the trail is steep usually on loose rocky terrain, but gets worse when it goes through blockier rocks where losing the trail becomes likely.

I jumped off the trail to head to Montgomery a little too early, and made that part a little harder for me.

The traverse ... well it sucks. There are a couple major obstacles between Boundary and the state line- though they can be bypassed on either side- the southeast side is easier with more solid terrain. From the state line, there are numerous trails- we found it much better to stay higher on more solid rock (we tried lower and had a miserable time on our way up).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4194 ft / 1277 m
    Elevation Loss:854 ft / 259 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3941 ft / 1200 m
    Extra Loss:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Northeast ridge
    Trailhead:Queen Mine Saddle  9800 ft / 2987 m
    Time Up:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:554 ft / 168 m
    Extra Gain:253 ft / 77 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Northeast ridge
    Trailhead:Boundary Peak  13140 ft / 4005 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2018 Montgomery-Boundary Peaks

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Montgomery Peak2018-07-07 a
2Boundary Peak2018-07-07 b
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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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