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Ascent of Boulder Peak on 2019-07-06

Climber: Chad Thomas

Date:Saturday, July 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Boulder Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8299 ft / 2529 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a wonderful outing from Sniktaw Meadows. I hadn’t seen that anyone else had actually taken this route but we chose it as it is quite a bit shorter than the normal approach, understood the other side to be mostly in forest, and clearly some take it as the satellite showed vehicles at the trailhead… so figured we’d be good to go.

The drive in simply follows Big Meadows Road (called 43N23 by Google maps) from Quartz Valley Road straight to the trailhead. There are many turns and side roads but keeping to the most obvious and well maintained road will take you to there. Right at 7 miles from Quartz Valley Road bear right onto a rocky side road shown on the USFS maps but not the standard topo maps or Google maps for an additional 1.2 miles to the trailhead. Large parking area. The first seven miles is in good shape and a car could perhaps make it, but quicker going with high clearance. The last 1.2 miles will need the clearance, however, or walking.

Extremely pleased we chose this route, as the meadows were lush and green with great views and several types of flowers throughout. One of the largest and most scenic meadows I have been in, and nearly constant views of Shasta to the east behind Quartz and Scott Valleys. Lots of springs and water running through the meadows and even a little boggy at the time where the trail turns uphill, but we only drank from the highest springs as there was some evidence of cows having been there in the past.

The path is easy to follow, doesn’t need much guidance. In some spots the meadows were so thick the path wasn’t completely visible… continuing straight puts you back on track in less than a minute. Good trail to the top and definitely recommend this approach.

We hit Peak 8000 on the way out. Nice view of Boulder Peak from the top.
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