Monday, June 23, 2014

Boundary Peak, Nevada

Boundary Peak is one of those mountains you would probably never climb if it weren't a state high point. It's the northernmost peak in the White Mountains, which are almost entirely in the state of California. However, the state line divides Boundary Peak from the rest of the range.

After climbing the East Buttress of Mt. Whitney on Friday, we planned on hiking up Boundary Peak on Saturday. We stopped at the Ranger Station in Bishop and they recommended the Queens Mine Route to save some elevation.  We took their advice and drove up a former mine road to the trailhead; 4x4 required.

We started hiking at 10:15 am.  It's a straightforward hike (literally) to the summit. The trail climbs from 9,800 ft to 13,140 ft - an elevation gain of ~3,340 ft. We took 3 hours to get to the summit and another 2 to get down.  It was a quick and uneventful hike and another tick off the western state high points.  
Breakfast in Bishop, a High Sierra tradition
Queens Mine Route to Boundary Peak
The top of Nevada
Taking it in.  This one is for you Wayne McQueen!