Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2019-08-17

Climber: David Sanger

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 17, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

After reading many, many trip reports I concluded that the hike from Queen Mine was easier and that the road, at least the lower part, would be quite passable. Arrived at 5pm on a warm afternoon after stopping at Potato Peak near Bodie. The drive up Queen Canyon was not too bad at all - a few ruts and rocks, but easily passable. Once at the mine I stopped and walk a bit further to see how the road looked. It leans a bit to one side and there's a steep loose hill after the first bend with a crater on one side. My Forester would most likely have made it but I was on my own then and figured it was easier and safer to camp low and hike in the morning.

That evening another three parties showed up and we all camped at Queen Mine. Two were in rental cars, one a 2WD, and the third a couple of guys in a pickup.

It was a warm evening with a bright, nearly full moon, so I started hiking at 4:45am, without needing a headlamp, and made good time up to Trail Camp Saddle. After psyching myself for a brutal slog up the next two sections I have to say they really were not bad at all. The scree slope was really just a long and tedious sandy trail upwards for 1200' to the upper saddle just under Hosebag. From there the trail sidehills to another saddle and then goes into the rocks. I stayed high, as close to the top of the ridge as possible, skirting one spiky section on the right (western) side, and then, just at the very end where you cut right for the last hundred feet, crossed over to a trail on the left side.

The two other parties from Queen Mine were both at the summit, plus another hiker. In all I met about 17 other climbers during the day.

Perfect weather, no clouds or hint of rain, and not too hot, made it an ideal summit day.

This was my 16th Nevada county highpoint, Only Ruby Dome left to climb,
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4415 ft / 1345 m
    Total Elevation Loss:335 ft / 102 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles
    Weather:clear with full moon, then sunny and mild
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4415 ft / 1345 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4080 ft / 1244 m; Extra: 335 ft / 102m
    Loss on way in:335 ft / 102 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Route:via Trail Camp Saddle
    Start Trailhead:Queen Mine  9060 ft / 2761 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Sanger
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