I got to Arizona to try Humphrey's again after failing 10 years ago in ice and snow. Luckily there was a guy from Middleburg VA getting out of his car just as I was. We were the only ones in the parking lot at 615am. I followed him the whole way to the top. He was 6 years older than I and a good hiker. I was blessed to have him to talk to for 6.5 hours. We hung out at the top for 40 minutes, longer than any high point I've been too. It was his schedule so I just went along with it. I found it to be a hard hike just because I'm not in hiking shape. It was the most perfect weather day on Sept 1, 2011.
No one answered my earlier thread about hiking Humphrey's Peak together but I got lucky and found this guy at the trail head to do it with. It turns out, the trail was packed that day with people. We were passed by at least 25 people in the 6.5 hours we were on the trail.
Then I took 2 days off in Vegas to relax and see movies. Never went to the strip this time, not into that scene. Don't drink, smoke or gamble. I simply obsessed for 2 days about getting lost on Boundary peak
The next day I drove to Boundary and met a gent from this forum there. We met for lunch at Bishop CA and then I followed him to the camping site up that horrible 6 mile dirt road. No rental car should have gone up that road but I did it. I never should have driven the Kia Forte there... I could have really screwed it up worse than I did. I ended up with a flat but didn't realize it till the next day after the hike.
We camped up at Queens Mine with another lady and her 15 year old daughter. At 530pm the next morning I rode in his Jeep Wrangler the 1 mile to the trailhead. Odd that there isn't one sign at the trailhead notating that this is Boundary Peak, nor is there even 1 sign anywhere the whole hike up if memory serves me correctly. I'm SOOOOO glad I went up this with 4 other people. I get lost easily and it wasn't that simple to follow the rocky, scree trail up to the top.
We all made it and boy was I amazed by the sight at the top and on the way up. It's like the moon up there. The pretty flowers growing out of the rocks blew me away on the walk up. It was a hard hike, very hard for me but... we did it. Yeah!!! Was glad to come back down and head home down that 6 mile road from hell. I would never recommend anything but a 4 wheel drive up that road, despite what others have written about it.
The gent put the donut tire on my car after he notated the flat tire and I nervously drove the 5.5 hours back to Vegas at 50 mph as cars whipped by me going 75-80 mph. I felt like the old man that everyone honks at for going so slow but the tire's notes were NOT to drive over 50 and I wanted to get back. The thought of breaking down near that area that goes into Death Valley was scary to me. No cell signal, signs everywhere not to pick up hitchhikers due to the prison being near. I kept expecting the tire to blow but it didn't.
I called the rental company and they said they're good for up to 300 miles yet I had to drive 350 so I was lucky.
It was a great trip but a hard one. I was thinking I can't do any more since I don't know how to do technical climbing and have a terrible fear of heights but after talking to the folks I was hiking with, I think I might try Mt Hood in early June with a mountain guide (for ...ughh, that $475 fee) and then in July or August, King's Peak with a friend that doesn't do high points.
Totally psyched to continue this crazy quest. Could I maybe do Bora Peak one day? Could I get over my fear of heights and get past Chicken Out Ridge? I don't know, but that's at least 2 years off. We made tentative plans to all do Bora in 2 summer when his boy is 14 instead of 12.
This website has made me realize I could try some of the harder ones with a bit of training. Thanks everyone for posting your stories and replies on these other posts.
Here's the pics...hope this works.
Steve R Gaithersburg MD.