Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2020-07-23

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, July 23, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove up the mining road with a rented w wheel drive but parked at the normal 2 wheel parking because it was a bit rough up to there and not wanting to mess up a rental. As it turns out I would have easily made it to the upper parking in 4-high not even 4-low and there are places to T turn around if you do not like the road. Everyone parked down low. I was the first to go up and had the trail to myself all day. I met one couple in the morning that said they were right behind me but I never saw them again. It was a long lonely slog.

Once you get to the Trail Canyon Saddle the fun begins sorta. On approach the slope of the peak looks daunting and the trail winds steeply up scree and sand. It looks harder than it is BUT WARNING TAKE POLES!. The sand and scree are so loose you often slide back half of the step upward. Going down was easier as you could heel plunge a lot of it. But by yourself, early in the morning it was a real commitment to slog up that scree and hit the 5 mile mark. I kept looking back along the long ridge and never saw anyone all day. I was at the summit by 10 AM beautiful views and weather but not a soul yet. The last pitch of scree had numerous braided trails. I got suckered left and ended up in some class 3 rock but you can avoid all class 3 by staying right all day. I also got suckered to a false summit with nice solid class 3 boulders but it was a false peak go around and can stay on class 2.

Summit to myself I eyeballed doing Montgomery. But it looked like exposed class 3 with potentially broken rock. I started for it and got down near the saddle and reminded myself there was no-one else up here today and if I got hurt I was over 5 miles back to the car. UGHHHH
Thus with tired feet and no companion to help spot rock, I headed back. At the first large notch after the first pitch of scree finally bodies. 2 parties finally got there - I was not alone. I started talking to the man and he looked familiar and he turned out to be Tim Webb of the HighPointers Klub! I met him years ago at the Maine and TN Konvention. He was taking his daughter up the peak for the first time. I told him I would tell Covill I saw him there.

Mad now that I did not get Montgomery I climbed the small prominence peak by the saddle for extra credit and started a new GPD route there for it.

Oh be aware my track shut off during part of the hike and miscalculated some of the distance I added back in

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4329 ft / 1319 m
    Total Elevation Loss:230 ft / 69 m
    Grade/Class:1.2 some 2+/3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4249 ft / 1295 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4099 ft / 1250 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:See GPS  9041 ft / 2755 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  
Ascent Part of Trip: NV-CA

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Davidson2020-07-211700 ft / 518 m
2Slide Mountain2020-07-21 b877 ft / 267 m
3Mount Rose2020-07-22 a2361 ft / 720 m
4Church Peak2020-07-22 b226 ft / 69 m
5Mount Houghton2020-07-22 c1284 ft / 391 m
6Boundary Peak2020-07-23 a4329 ft / 1319 m
7Trail Canyon Saddle Peak2020-07-23 b695 ft / 212 m
10White Mountain Peak2020-07-24 a3409 ft / 1039 m
11White Mountains Wilderness High Point2020-07-24 b 
12Mount Barcroft2020-07-24 c645 ft / 197 m
13White Mountains Peak 109202020-07-24 d276 ft / 84 m
14Silver Peak2020-07-24 e182 ft / 55 m
15Peak 90802020-07-24 f559 ft / 170 m
20Rattlesnake Mountain2020-07-25400 ft / 122 m
Total Trip Gain: 16943 ft / 5163 m    Total Trip Loss: 2595 ft / 791 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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