Montgomery Peak, Boundary Peak
By: Julie King
On the scheduled DPS trip to Dubois, Montgomery and Boundary on Sept. 12-13, 1987, it was decided that there was not enough time for everyone to climb all three. We had to choose between them. I chose Dubois and was glad, since we had a hearty, good group of seven. However, I still lacked Montgomery and Boundary. With Frank Dobos' assist on the topo, Loren Lindgren and I went to climb them on our own on the weekend of October 3, 1987. We drove in my 2WD truck to the end of the road in Trail Canyon to an altitude of about 9000'. From there we started Out at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3.
The canyon was beautiful in fall colors and green meadows along the spring; twice we saw deer. While L.A. scorched, we had perfect weather, not too hot, not too cold, with a few late afternoon clouds.
As Frank suggested, we climbed to Trail Canyon Saddle and traversed half way up to 12,201 peak and then straight up the rocks on the east side. There was Boundary in all it's glory! We climbed Boundary and then Montgomery. On the way back from Montgomery we had to reclimb Boundary (do we get credit for 2x?) and then left there at 5:15 p.m. Contrary to what Frank suggested, that we return the same way, we dropped down from the saddle between Boundary and 12,201 peak on scree for about a mile to save time. We hurried to get back before dark and didn't quite make it. We had to find our way across the creek thru the willows with our flashlights. We came within a few yards of where the actual crossing was and got back to the truck just after 7 p.m.
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