Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2009-07-14

Climber: Walter Blume

Others in Party:Nichole
Date:Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note: For full slide show of images from this ascent click here.

For full trip report see Blume Sun Blog.

We camped at Queen's mine, a 6 mile drive on a dirt road that turns off from Highway 6.

We arose at 7 am. Nichole had made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the hike and began hiking out a little earlier to beat the morning sun. Meanwhile I fretted about the amount of water (2.5 liters per person), since I knew no water was available anywhere along the approximately 5.5 mile route to the top. The first mile of the trail stuck to the dirt road, appearing possibly passable via automobile, but didn't want to worry about getting stuck so marched up the road instead to the actual trailhead. The trailhead was near another abandoned mine. Beautiful white flowers of some sort covered the ground near the trailhead. The trail climbed up a hill and in the distance we saw what we first took to be another hiker, but soon realized it was a wild horse.

In fact it was a wild horse standing guard over his harem of horses including a foal, grazing in a grove of trees, perhaps bristlecone pine. At this point the hike had been moderately strenuous, but I noted with alarm that there was still 2700 feet of elevation gain left.

Looking up at the imposing mountain, we forged ahead. Soon we were at the "saddle", a position just before an imposing 45 degree upslope consisting of loose scree and boulders.

I can only advise at this point to try to follow the faint trail. If you go off trail, you will encounter loose sliding scree that causes you to go down two steps for every step you go up. We eventually reached the top of this slope, at which point we surveyed the 1000 feet remaining, which consists of a long ridge traverse. At this point a couple of other highpointers came up from another trail and we exchanged pleasantries, finding out that they came from Washington, DC. The ridge proved to be much easier going due to the more secure footing, though at a higher altitude. N flew upwards and was first to the summit, with R closely following, and I eventually caught up with them at the top.

R, who had made the hike with blisters, pronounced it his most difficult hike ever, and I definitely felt it was in my top three. The view was well worth it.

The downclimb was also quite arduous, though not so hard as the ascent.

R took an alternate path that allowed him to "surf" dangerously on large amounts of sliding scree. He expressed regret when he accidentally deleted a few videos he took of this activity. At the bottom of the scree field, we rested for a few moments before continuing the remaining 3 miles.Finally after an accumulated 12 hours, the family again reached the campsite, having made the longest 10.5 mile hike of their lives.

We drove back to Benton Hot Springs, where we thoroughly enjoyed a hot tub under the stars.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4719 ft / 1438 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.3 mi / 18.2 km
    Route:Queen's mine
    Trailhead:Queen's mine  8421 ft / 2566 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 24 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Walter Blume
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