Boundary Peak And Montgomery Peak
After descending Wheeler Peak, the second highest point in Nevada (NV), and spending the night in a somewhat sketchy motel in Tonopah, NV, I checked out late on the morning of 10 August 2013.  I planned on climbing Boundary Peak, the highest point in NV, via the Queen Mine approach on the following day, and because the trailhead is a fairly short drive from Tonopah, I took my sweet time eating and replenishing supplies before finally leaving town.  Turning off US Highway 6 just before the California (CA) state line, I had no problems driving the rough dirt road up to Queen Mine.  The mine site was full of cars on this day, but there was no one around when I arrived.  I managed to find a space to park my car, and after getting settled, I relaxed with a book for pretty much the rest of the day.  Hikers returning from Boundary Peak began to trickle into camp early in the evening, and I found out that most of the cars there belonged to a large hiking group from CA who were planning on staying the night to celebrate before heading home the next morning.  I had some concerns about being disturbed by their celebrations, but as it turned out, I hardly heard a peep and slept quite soundly that night.
Let the adventure begin... Boundary Peak and Montgomery Peak are visible from the entrance to Queen Mine road.
Some of the group from CA were already up and about when I woke up at the crack of dawn on 11 August 2013.  After eating a banana and gearing up, I continued on foot along the road which climbs to a broad saddle where the real trailhead is located.  There was an ATV parked near the trailhead, and I naturally assumed that someone had gotten off to an earlier start and was ahead of me somewhere.  The trail is very straightforward, and I had no problems following it all the way to Trail Canyon Saddle which is where the route merges with an alternate approach from Trail Canyon.  From Trail Canyon Saddle, I climbed about 350 metres to a shoulder beside the northeast outlier of Boundary Peak.  Although there is still a trail here, the ascent is relentlessly steep, and the trail itself is heavily eroded in places making the footing loose and slippery.  From the shoulder, I traversed the west side of the outlier on a good trail before following the northeast ridge all the way to the summit.  More difficult sections along this ridge can either be tackled head-on or circumvented on either side, and cairns are plentiful along the way.

Despite being the highpoint of NV, Boundary Peak is often considered a sub-peak of the slightly higher Montgomery Peak whose summit is located about one kilometre to the southwest on the CA side of the state line.  After stopping at the top of Boundary Peak for about half an hour, I began making my way along the connecting ridge to Montgomery Peak.  A few Class 3 sections render this connecting ridge slightly more challenging than the ascent route for Boundary Peak, but I actually enjoyed finding some hands-on scrambling for a change.  It took me about 70 minutes to go from the top of one peak to the other, and when I arrived at the top of Montgomery Peak, I was a bit surprised that there was no one else to be found on either of the two peaks (remember the ATV?).  In any case, I hung out at the summit of Montgomery Peak for about an hour before backtracking toward Boundary Peak.

Somewhere along the connecting ridge on my return, I stepped on a large rock that began to move under me.  In trying to regain my balance, I stepped on the same rock again, and this time, I took a tumble that sent me crashing hard onto my left thigh.  The jolt of pain in my leg was intense, and it took me awhile to collect myself and get back on my feet.  I had likely suffered a deep bruise in my left thigh, and this would hamper my speed and mobility for the rest of my descent.  What followed was over four hours of sheer hell trying to get off the mountain and back to my car.  Each step I took with my left leg was a painful reminder of my nasty spill.  I tried to minimize unnecessary elevation gain by contouring around the east side of Boundary Peak, but this landed me in some utterly unpleasant terrain which prompted me to climb upward anyway nearly to the summit to regain Boundary Peak's northeast ridge.  Further down, the eroded sections of trail just above Trail Canyon Saddle were particularly treacherous to descend, and despite the ache in my left leg and growing fatigue, I summoned some extra effort here to maintain good balance and solid footing.  I made better progress from Trail Canyon Saddle to the trailhead since the mostly flat trail here was easier to hobble along.  When I reached the trailhead, the ATV was gone, and I can only speculate that it may have belonged to some hunters scouting for game in the area.

Except for a party of three that were setting up their tents beside their lone vehicle, the Queen Mine site was virtually deserted when I limped back to my car in the early evening.  After chatting briefly with the newcomers, I guzzled a couple cans of pop and changed into some fresh clothes before driving out to the highway.  Back on pavement, I headed north to the town of Hawthorne, NV where I checked into a very nice motel to lick my wounds and consider my next destination.  That destination would ultimately turn out to be Reno, NV.
All of them would be gone by the time I returned. Queen Mine is crowded with vehicles from a large hiking club from California that climbed Boundary Peak and Montgomery Peak the previous day.
I probabaly could have driven up to the saddle. The sun peeks over the saddle beside Kennedy Point.
Insert your own quip on the sign. South of the saddle is the true trailhead for Boundary Peak.
Despite its low prominence, it still looks stunning from this angle. Boundary Peak comes into view along the approach trail.
The route seems pretty straightforward from here... The northeast ridge is the standard route of ascent.
Be prepared for a very steep slog... The trail begins to climb in earnest from Trail Canyon Saddle.
That ascent from Trail Canyon Saddle was brutal! This is looking back at the approach ridge to the northeast.
Guess which side is better to climb up... The north face of Boundary Peak is a mix of mundane scree and craggy pinnacles.

Keep on sloggin'!

The trail continues up the northeast ridge at left.

Don't worry; there's still a trail here! The summit is guarded by a few pinnacles.
Gives the mountain some 'teeth'! Here is a closer look at a couple of pinnacles.

My 8th US State highpoint.

Sonny stands on the 3990-metre summit of Boundary Peak, highest point in Nevada.  At far left is Montgomery Peak.

Can't believe nobody else is up here today! Here is a more comprehensive view of the northeast ridge from the summit.
Not much else to look at in this direction. To the east is Middle Creek valley with diminutive Black Mountain at centre.
The connecting ridge is more complicated than it appears here. Montgomery Peak dominates the view to the southwest.
Bring a toothbrush in case you need to brush your teeth up here! Boundary Peak's summit register contains some interesting items.
Welcome to California! This is the remainder of the climb to Montgomery Peak's summit from the low point of the connecting ridge.
The scrambling here is actually enjoyable...if you're not too tired! Difficulties along the ridge can generally be avoided to climber's left.
More worthy of being a 'peak' than Boundary. Sonny sits on the summit of Montgomery Peak (4085 metres).
Isn't the name a bit redundant? On the horizon at centre to the south is White Mountain Peak.
Those two green patches look a bit out of place! The town of Benton, CA can be seen to the west.
Don't bother trying to sidehill bash on the way back--it ain't worth it! Boundary Peak dominates the view to the northeast.
Not quite as interesting as Boundary Peak's summit register. Here are the contents of Montgomery Peak's summit register.
Hee haw!! Montgomery Peak's summit register has a few entertaining entries.
I was hurting at this point... Here is a last look at the connecting ridge to Montgomery Peak.
Feels good to have those two peaks behind me! Boundary Peak (left) and Montgomery Peak (right) glow at sunset.
A more painful trip than expected. Total Distance:  21.5 kilometres
Round-Trip Time:  13 hours 9 minutes
Total Elevation Gain:  1408 metres