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Nevada's highpoint lies right on the border of California. In fact, there is a mountain right across the border that is actually a little bit higher in elevation, but nonetheless, Boundary Peak at 13,143 is the tallest point in Nevada. This was another highpoint I visited on my 6 week, 12,000 mile road trip spent mostly camping out in National Parks with one of my best friends of all time Tim Marek and another close friend Ricci Garret.

The leg of the journey that would take my companions and me to the highpoint of Nevada was an interesting one. There was a number for storms keeping us company that somehow seemed especially odd and foreboding in such a stark dessert landscape. The dirt road off the highway was proving elusive, so we pulled into some sort of construction area and asked a local for directions. This bit of help would get the better of our imaginations later on, but we received the help we needed and were on our way.

The sun set as we followed the steep, winding, dirt road up the mountains. The going was slow and we never had a great sense in confidence we were going in the right direction. By this point Tim and Ricci were definitely not excited to be here, not sharing my passion for reaching the summit of all 50 state highpoints. The road was impossibly narrow so turning back at this point was not an option. Besides, where would we go? We were hours from anyplace to sleep for the night. We finally found an area that was suitable for camping and set up camp for the night. It was at this point that our imaginations got the better of us. Ricci and Tim were convinced that the locals were gathering their weapons to make a raid on some unsuspecting tourists. I have to admit, the remoteness of the area left a feeling of complete desolation and aloneness that is hard to describe. In the end our only visitor was some howling winds.

I awoke to the alarm in the morning and the news that neither Ricci or Tim would be joining me for the what was expected to be a 12 hour hike. Disappointed, I set out alone. Tim wouldn't even wake up and drive me further up the road! I kept thinking how frustrated I was about this fact over and over again for the first hour, as I hiked along the road not even knowing if I was in the right place or not. Soon the shrubs and opened up and I had a view of a ridge in the distance. I followed the road up to its crest and found a marker that indicated for the first time I was in the right place. From this point the trail wound through some magnificent Cedar trees populated with some beautiful deer.

The trail traversed to the other side of the ridge and I had a clear view of what lay ahead. It seemed like forever before I reached the saddle and the campsite of some friendly hikers I had passed. I took a quick snack break and started up the much steeper portion of the climb heading up to Boundary Peak. I reached the summit quite winded and feeling the effects of the altitude. The view was spectacular as I ate lunch. Mono Lake is visible to the west, the Tonopah Missile Range to the northeast, farms and ranches on the valley floor on the California side. There were two patches of snow on the face directly below the summit, facing north. As you step up onto the summit, you are confronted for the first time by Montgomery Peak, just across the California line. It is craggy, and the hike across the saddle looked too tricky, so I opted to be happy with one peak today. Plus I was eager to meet back up with my comrades below. The hike back was long and beautiful. I arrived back at camp very satisfied and proud of myself for achieving the summit of another great western highpoint.

I had filmed bits and pieces of my hike, but the battery went dead on my camcorder. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures to share of this highpoint but I will try and add some video footage some day soon.

Map of US HighPoints
KEY: States: Green - summited, Yellow - attempted, White - Not visited
Dots: Green - State Lowpoint, Red - State Highpoint


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