Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2020-06-27

Climber: Kurt T

Date:Saturday, June 27, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

16 hour loop hike with 7500 feet of gain. GPX track is a handdrawn approximation of the route. Do not use for routefinding.

Departed from Middle Creek. To get there take Chiatovich Road (37°49'55.2"N 118°06'07.4"W) west from 264. The road labeled Chiatovich on Google is not the correct Chiatovich Road. On the satellite view you can clearly see a better, wider road 1/3 mile north of the incorrectly labeled road. After 4.5 miles, you come to a junction (37.832139, -118.178365) where you can head south across the creek or continue west and then northwest. Either works for any vehicle, the road heading south is in better condition but is slightly longer. Once getting to the end of the good road (37°50'39.4"N 118°13'57.0"W) the road up Middle Creek heads briefly south before turning west up the canyon. I got my 2wd sedan about a half mile up the road before calling it quits. You might be able to get about a mile in, but its not worth it. High clearance 2wd vehicles would have no problem getting to the end of the road although the road is rocky and overgrown in places.

From the end of Middle Creek Road I headed north up steep slopes to the Boundary's east ridgeline. The slopes are clear until one nears the ridgeline when some bushwhacking is required. Heading west to Boundary is rather easy, just avoid climbing unnecessary bumps by traversing below them. The final push to the peak is quite steep but manageable.

The traverse to Montgomery was a bit tedious but there is a well defined use trail. Heading down Montgomery's south ridge was more difficult than I anticipated but nothing technically difficult. Most of the time, stay directly on top of the ridge. There are several sections where it seems like the top of the ridge will result in an impassable dropoff, but its surprisingly nontechnical all the way down to the 12,200' saddle. Reaching the saddle, I was thoroughly gassed so the climb to The Jumpoff and the long high elevation plateau slog to Dubois was quite tiresome.

I left Dubois at 5:50 PM and did not reach the road until 9:15 PM. I took DPS Route B off Dubois which, as other people have mentioned, is worse than Route A due to brush along the final couple miles. However, Route A had a bit of additional elevation gain which I wanted to avoid. Probably not the best tradeoff. Luckily it was still light enough for most of the bushwhack down the canyon otherwise it would have taken longer.

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GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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