Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2018-08-18

Climber: Alden Holmes

Others in Party:David Odenwalder -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, August 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

We drove up on Friday afternoon and made it to Queen Mine just before sunset. We had read a lot about the road past the mine so just chose to camp there. After hiking it the next day, I have no doubt that my 2WD pickup would have easily made it all the way to the saddle. Although one of the other hikers tried and failed with his sedan the next morning.

We got the early start we planned on. The weather was perfect for the hike, clear and cool. The climb up was mostly uneventful, but took a bit longer than we expected. We did see about 10 wild ponies on the way up. They showed no interest in us. Most of the trail is easy to follow ... until you get to the last couple of miles. Then it's just picking a path through the boulders. There were about 20 other people on the mountain that day. I got lucky and hit the peak just as the group that was up there was leaving and had about 20 minutes on top alone before the next person made it up. To my surprise, I got reception on the peak, and was able to text and send some photos off. The wife appreciated the near real time pictures from the peak.

The trip down was mostly uneventful outside a few slips and falls in the scree. Overall a great trip, although I don't think I'll come back to this one. It took us about 6 hours up and 5 hours down with about 45 minutes on top. Longer than I had anticipated, but not bad for a couple north of 50'ers.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Queen Mine Route
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Beautiful weather for a hike

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