Backpacking and Summiting Boundary Peak in Nevada

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This hike was pretty awesome, and was my 2nd state high point summit. It is a peak that sits East of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. It sits right on the border of Nevada and California, but the peak is on the Nevada side, making it the tallest peak in Nevada.

Our route was a variation of the Trail Canyon route. We began the hike early afternoon and at the Trail Canyon trailhead. The first part of the hike was pretty straight forward. You follow the trail for about two and a half miles until you come out of the shrub and into a marshy area. The valley splits and you can choose which route you would like.

boundary peak nevadaWe decided to take the left gully and followed the right slope of the left gully to the saddle. It wasn’t too difficult but was a slow pace up the loose sand and gravel. When we reached the summit, the wind hit us. The snow had piled up and the ridge and we set up camp on the various spots of dirt we could find and staked down.

We warmed up in the tent as the sun set and made dinner. We eventually went to bed as the wind continued to whip all night.

boundary peak nevadaIn the morning, it was still cold, but less windy. We followed the ridge upward to the top. We hung out for a bit in the snow, and dug around until we found the climbers log. There was a flag in it and some other trinkets. We read through some of them and added our own.

We hiked back down the ridge to our tent and packed up. The way back down, we continued on the ridge and found a trail that went down the other fork of the canyon. We realized this was the actual trail, or the conventional Canyon Trail route to the Boundary Peak summit.

boundary peak nevadaThe trail back was through some trees and brush, and kept disappearing. Eventually we made it back to the marsh were the canyon junction was and found the trail back to the trailhead and the car.

It was a fun trip and I wouldn’t suggest either route over the other. They are both fairly easy and have their perks, so when you get to the junction you can decide if you’d rather hike up steep, loose gravel, or find your way through a less steep, but more bushwhacking style approach.

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