Ascent of Boundary Peak in 2007-04

Climber: J Thornton

Others in Party:God is always with me on these crazy outings
Date:April, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

Late April ascent, after a low-snow winter 06/07. The dirt roads we drove in to the trail head were good enough for a high clearance vehicle to drive, especially since 'roads' were dry. We drove a '91 Forerunner 4x4. The trail head back then had decent camping spots, and there were nice camping spots on the way in, near the creek and about 1 mile from the trail head. The creek had clear clean water from mtn snow melt (use a filter or pills or boil). The trail starts out being easy to follow, then peters out after the Trail Canyon Saddle Northeast of the peak comes into view, so it is pretty easy finding your way. At the saddle, I turned south to head up the steep slope to the peak's shoulder. Then, along the ridge and to the summit the snow was waist deep from drifts too difficult to avoid due to steep-sided slopes on both sides of the ridge. Excellent views from the summit. You can look down about 7000+ steep vertical feet to the land to north near Bentley. Next time, I would plan to continue up to Montgomery Peak - but with waist deep snow all the way this time, and mom waiting back in camp, I didn't do that. Mom had hiked Boundary several years prior with her lady friends, but was a bit too elderly to make it happen again.
A friend told me two years later that he had attempted Boundary by the same route in October, but the high winds had plastered him to the ground on the steep slope above the saddle and he had had to turn back.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
Ascent Statistics
    Route:East side 'trail'
Descent Statistics

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