Ascent of Boundary Bald Mountain on 2011-07-05

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Daniel Musser
Palen Rhodes
Kyle Richardson
Martha Holden
and Chuck Holden.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boundary Bald Mountain
    Elevation:3620 ft / 1103 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed the directions from Keene's hiking book and found them to be reliable. We parked at the turn-off to where the signs mention it is a 4 wheel drive trail beyond. The sign claims you can drive 0.4 miles but no way. There is a water crossing before there that would bottom out anything but a very high wheel clearance vehicle or 4 wheel drive. We parked and headed up the 4 wheel drive road and observed many species of amphibians to entertain us (frogs and toads). The turn off to do the hike to the peak is clearly marked.

The trail uphill follows a drainage that has lightly eroded the trail and exposed some interesting sedimentary rock that looks like a soapstone or siltstone layered in plates almost looking slatey in places and turned 90 degress pointing upward. The class 1 trail becomes class 2 and very muddy in places. Finally you pass through the boggy areas and the Krummholz landscape takes over. There is some minor class 3 moves through the upper ledges just below the Krummholz and into that area. The top of the mountain is a long narrow ridge line that heads towards the re-transmit towers. I saw no trails to the east and west subpeaks and elected not to bound off leaving my party as the bushwhack would be miserable. The subpeaks are covered with stunted thick conifers and difficult to move through.

This peak has much prominence and great views of all surrounding mountains. Clear day with views into Canada and strangely wild in all directions. This peak gives you a sense of being in the wilderness in all directions.

On the way down we saw several large snowshoe hairs on the trail and a large female deer near the parking. Extra gain is minimal.
Martha Holden climbed the mountain with an arm in a sling from having had surgery recently on her shoulder. I would not recommend this hike for someone in that condition as there are places you would like to have both hands. She did well despite that.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1810 ft / 551 m
    Extra Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Fire Warden Trail
    Trailhead:Parking   1860 ft / 566 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
clear perfect day. Windy only at summit and sunny

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