Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2006-09-07

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Bob Skinner and Blaze from lake tahoe.
Date:Thursday, September 7, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

After visiting the Lake Tahoe area and climbing Squaw Peak on August 31st, Rose and I visited Folsom Prison, CA State Capitol in Sacramento (tried to see thee Governor, Arnold Schwartzenegger), the San Luis/Lake Kaweah Water Reservoirs and Sequoia/Yosemite National Parks, before arriving at the Boundary Peak Base Camp the day before yesterday (Sept 5).... located northeast of the Peak at 9000' elevation, this will be home for the next 3 nights. The parking area for this TH is at the very end, and the very, very rough, trail canyon road. Vey hard on my Dodge Caravan, one should have a 4x4.

We set up camp with a huge tarp over the car and eating area (for rain or sun). Met and talked to C Schultz, a highpointer from AZ, who had just come down from the summit, he suggested I take the trail canyon saddle route. He will be involved with AZ'S 2008 highpointer convention, he drove out that afternoon.
This is a beautiful remote/quiet spot with small stream near-by.

Yesterday I did a lone Orientation/Acclimatization Hike while Rose stayed back. I left camp westbound at 8:00 hours following instructions from "Charlie and Diane Winger's guide book". After a while, as you climb up the valley, there is no trail. The trail canyon saddle is very clear in front of you towards the west and above a huge open meadow, with a lot of low brush. I choose a straight line to the saddle, picking up a trail on the final moderate climb to the saddle (elevation 10800'). A very dry area, a beautiful herd of wild horses grazing on the hill side to the north !!! they looked my way, I just sat there enjoying this awesome scene ...... "wild horses couldn't drag me away"

I got back to Rose at 12:00 hours, cleaned up in the buff in the stream before lunch, then spent a lazy/enjoyable rest of the day. Life is good.
Two guys drove up in late afternoon, parked their truck and hiked up to a campsite further up in the meadows. I readied my gear for an early summit day before retiring for the night.


At 6:15 hours I left the TH after signing the register, I more or less followed yesterday's route to trail canyon saddle (elev 10,800'). The horses were not there this morning.
I zig-zagged/scrambled my way up southbound on the N ridge, making a short detour to go over the summit of HOSEBAG PEAK (12,120'), after a short descend the ridge continues/meets-up with the NE ridge at about 12,800' elevation. The climb to here is on rocky rough trails (more than one), thru large talus/bolders. The going was tough, a lot huffing and puffing and granny stops.

Once I hit the NE ridge the trail bears right and continues westerly with easier climbing the rest of the way. I summited at 10:30 hours for highpoint #46, an awesome panorama.

Met Bob Skinner from Lake Tahoe, who's been up here about 20 times - the last 12 yrs, he's been up here every year. He was waiting for his friend Blaze, who had hiked the ridge over to Montgomery Peak in CA (the CA/NV border is in between these two peaks. We snacked/chatted, spent an hour on the top enjoing the summit.

They invited me to follow them down the NE ridge which I did, then cross country on a straight line to base camp. Much faster, a lot of loose rock with a lot of sliding. We were back to camp at 14:00 hours for a 9 mile, 7:45 hour RT. They will drive out today, Rose and I are in no hurry so we will overnight here and drive out in the morning ..... on our way to my next highpoint, Mt Whitney.

I must enter our next morning's experience. We got a flat once we drove out of the rough road and got back to the main highway, in the middle of no-where ... how lucky was that, could have got the flat on the rough road up in the hills. Our van is set up for camping with a back bench so in order to get at the spare tire we had to remove the back bench, not a small task.
The temperature must have been 90-100 farenheit, scorching hot. Every car that past-by stopped to offer their help or offer water. A lot of beautiful people out in this world.
We drove to Big Pine looking for a tire repair shop, they in turn sent us to Simpsons Tire shop in Bishop, CA. We got a room at the Vagabond Inn and had a steak dinner at Jacks. Bishop is nice place.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1140 ft / 348 m
    Distance:8.9 mi / 14.4 km
    Route:to canyon saddle/N ridge to summit, HP#46
    Trailhead:campground at end of trail canyon road  12000 ft / 3657 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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