Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2018-08-12

Climber: William Chen

Others in Party:Robert Luher -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Catherine Rossbach
Amy Huang -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, August 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

Terrain: Class 1-2
Exposure: Limited, fair runout in all parts; if you start climbing some rocks, you may face up to 5 ft of exposure (Scariness: 2/10)
Driving: 2WD high-clearance strongly recommended, 4WD helpful, sedan has been brought up but strongly discouraged

Difficulty: 6/10
Scenery: 7/10
Overall quality: 7/10

This was done at a relaxed pace. We were going to do Montgomery Peak too, but did not for a number of reasons, including time and weather. Which was a good choice considering a thunderstorm rolled in right as we got back to the car.

This hike is very straightforward. You basically follow a dirt road for a bit (which you can skip if you drive a little further), and then you follow a well-"maintained" trail all the way to Trail Canyon Saddle. Here the trail takes a more use trail-like character and becomes confusing as you reach the talus piles above 12,000 ft. There are many ways to get to the top from here, but I think the most prudent way would be to stay low and sidehill along the right side of the high ridge until you are at a saddle almost right below the summit. From here, walk up to the little bump that is the summit area. Here you will get your first views of Montgomery Peak.

Descend the way you came.

Ascent Times:

Car (9,240 ft) - 5:35
Start of Trail - 6:05
Wilderness Boundary - 6:25
Gain Ridge - 7:00
Trail Canyon Saddle (10,800 ft) - 7:45
Upper Saddle - 9:10
Summit (13,140 ft) - 10:45

Descent Times:

Summit - 11:45
Upper Saddle - 12:30
Trail Canyon Saddle - 13:10
Drop from Ridge - 14:05
Wilderness Boundary - 14:15
End of Trail - 14:30
Car - 14:47
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 2 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Chen
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