Boundary Peak, Nevada

Prominence: 253 ft, 77 m

Elevation: 13,140 feet, 4005 meters

Approx. Isolation: 0.62 mi, 1 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 13,146 ft / 4007 m
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)37° 50' 46'' N; 118° 21' 5'' W
37.84609, -118.35135 (Dec Deg)
381105E 4189599N Zone 11 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceNevada (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionEsmeralda (Highest Point)

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     Boundary Peak at Trip Report for Esmeralda, NV by "Snow Nymph" Trip Report for Esmeralda, NV by Dave and Beckie Covill

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Lists that contain Boundary Peak:
     Nevada County High Points (Rank #1)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #47)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #54)
     United States State High Points (plus DC) (Rank #9)
     Great Basin Peaks List-Star Peaks (Rank #2)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #9)
     Great Basin Peaks List (Rank #3)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet - 48 States (Rank #47)
     Nevada Peaks Club Emblem Peaks (Rank #1)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #26)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet (Rank #54)
     Nevada 11,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Western States Climbers List (Rank #78)
     Fifty Highest CoHPs in Lower 48 (Rank #41)
     Sierra Club Desert Peaks Section (Rank #4)
     Fifty Highest CoHPs (Rank #48)
     Western States Climbers Star Peaks (Rank #44)
     Nevada Wilderness High Points (Rank #1)
     Las Vegas Mountaineers Classics (Rank #6)
     Nevada Peaks Club List (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1989-06-10 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     1992-07-25 by Richard Carey
     1997-08-21 by Scott Cockrell
     2006-09-07 by Ben Lostracco
     2009-07-14 by Walter Blume (GPS Track)
     2010-05-30 by Ken Curtis
     2010-07-26 by Boyd Harter
     2010-09-16 by Dave Dunham
     2012-04-13 by Scott Angus (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2012-05-05 by Scott Angus (GPS Track)
     2012-07-18 by Mike Virdone (Unsuccessful)
     2012-08-13 by Nathan Beltz (Unsuccessful)
     2012-08-16 by Brian Friedrich
     2012-09-16 by ChadL Painter (GPS Track)
     2013-06-26 by Tye Scott
     2013-08-21 by Peter Stone
     2013-08-21 by Tim Hankins
     2014-06-12 by James Morehouse (GPS Track)
     2014-06-24 by Rob Woodall
     2014-06-28 by Alan Barber
     2014-08-05 by Scott Greco
     2014-08-24 by Sam Grant (GPS Track)
     2015-07-19 by Richard Briggs

View ascents of peak by registered members (371 total)

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Boundary Peak just sqeaks by as the highest peak in Nevada in two ways. First, true to its name, it lies less than a mile from the California state line as northernmost but lowest of the high peaks of the White Mountains. Second, it beats out Wheeler Peak, way out in eastern Nevada, by 82 feet for the title of state high-point. Wheeler Peak (not to be confused with the Wheeler Peak that is New Mexico's high point) is in almost every way a more impressive mountain than Boundary, its sheer sides standing alone as the monarch of the central Great Basin. Boundary is overshadowed by higher and craggier Mt. Montgomery a half-mile away just over the California border. Still, no one ever said life was fair, and Boundary Peak is actually one of the more remote and unspoiled state high points.

Climbing Notes:

Boundary Peak is an easy, non-technical hike, made difficult by dusty, rocky access roads and large talus fields. The usual approach is from the east side of the White Mountains, where a boulder-strewn desert track called the Trail Canyon Road leads from NV 264 to about 8400 feet. However, I recommend the Queen Canyon Road from US 6 and the west side--a bad but passable (in 1989) road leads to the Queen Mine at 9200 feet. Either route then leads up to the crest of the White Mountains and then southwest, up one or two forepeaks covered with talus, to the summit. From the top, Mt. Montgomery looms menacingly above to the south, safely in California.

The White Mountains are the driest range of 14,000 foot peaks in America, and Boundary can make a good winter climb if there isn't much snow. Conditions can vary, though--the photo above shows plenty of snow in June, uncommon but possible. The parched deserts below get fantastically hot in summer, but the high peaks stay relatively cool and windy.

Boundary Peak in the White Mountains lives up to the name of its range as late as June in some years, although the snow is rarely very deep in the driest high mountains in the United States (1989-06-10).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 253 ft/77 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 253 ft/77 m
  Key Col: 12,887 ft/3928 m
Isolation0.62 mi/1 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Montgomery Peak  (SSW)
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Intermountain West
Range3: Great Basin Ranges
Range4: West Great Basin Ranges
Range5: White Mountains
Drainage Basins
Great Basin
Internal Drainage-N.A.
Worldwide Internal Drainage

Owens Valley
Great Basin
Internal Drainage-N.A.
Worldwide Internal Drainage
OwnershipLand: Inyo National Forest
Wilderness/Special Area: Boundary Peak Wilderness Area (Highest Point)
Topo MapBoundary Peak O37118g3 1:24,000
Route #1 Scramble
Trailhead: Queen Mine 9200 ft/2804 m
Vertical Gain: 3940 ft/1201 m
Distance (one way): 4.5 mi/7.24 km
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View from the top of Boundary Peak - 05/04/2014 (2014-05-04). Photo by Jeff Klein.
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Posing with a Nevada flag on top of Boundary Peak (2013-08-21). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Nevada Mustangs (2014-06-30). Photo by Gretchen Nelson.
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Half way to Boundary Summit (2014-06-30). Photo by Gretchen Nelson.
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Oleta and I on Boundary Peak (2014-07-19). Photo by Jim Retemeyer.
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What a view (2010-05-30). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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GPS Google Earth overlay of Boundary Peak ascent (2014-10-24). Photo by bryan heifner.
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At 15 years old, I was very proud of my first successful mountain ascent (1989-08-05). Photo by Bryan Kraai.
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