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Boundary Peak - Nevada HighpointVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2016
BiFrost
Hiking9.76 Miles 4,440 AEG
Hiking9.76 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   1.65 mph
4,440 ft AEG   1 Hour   31 Mns Break
 
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We headed for cooler temps and some peak high points. Boundary Peak high point of Nevada was the goal for today. We drove half way the night before and then arrived at the Boundary Peak TH about 10am. Kind of a late start but it's a relatively short ascent. Started from Trail Canyon TH about 8800 feet although there is an alternate one coming in from Queen Mine but both ways are roughly the same experience. There was decent amount of water in Trail Canyon in the first mile and a half but with temps in the upper 50's water was not an issue.

The trail starts up Trail Canyon following the creek for about 3 miles before it reaches a saddle. The Queen Mine route comes in at the saddle and from there both routes share the same path to the summit. We took a short break at the saddle and ran into 4 other people also taking a break.

The saddle is at about 10,600 so from there the route is very steep with about 2500 feet to go in the next 2.3 miles. At first their is a good route going up the ridge but it gets progressively harder to follow with multiple routes. Also the snow complicated the route forcing multiple paths to take. However, we soon found out that staying on the ridgeline was the best way to go despite there being more snow in places. What was a route turns into a steep rock scramble with moderate bouldering. About 1/2 mile from the top the snow was deeper and I put on micro spikes for much needed traction.

Finally made it to the summit with awesome 360 views at 13,140 feet. Montgomery Peak just 2/3 mile away is 200 or so feet higher than Boundary but the border between CA and NV runs right through the saddle separating the two peaks making Boundary the high point of Nevada. Windy and chilly on top so didn't spend very long on the summit before descending. About 1 mile down the ridgeline we took a different descending route which is recommended on the some of the peak triplogs. The route took us down a side canyon before linking back up with Trail Canyon and completing the small loop.
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