Boundary Peak Wilderness

Dry Creek in the Boundary Peak Wilderness

The 10,000 acres of Boundary Peak Wilderness surround Nevada's highest point: Boundary Peak (13,147'). Boundary Peak rises above the White Mountains along the California border: the summit itself is about half-a-mile up the ridge from the state line. On the other side of the state line, the ridge ascends to the summit of Montgomery Mountain, almost 300 feet higher at 13,441'. In that respect, Boundary Peak is a sub-peak of Montgomery Peak. Boundary Peak is about 82 feet higher than Wheeler Peak (13,065') but because of that "sub-peak" designation, some folks think Wheeler Peak is the highest "peak" in Nevada.

The White Mountains are a high and dry range that descends eastward through numerous colorful canyons into the Nevada desert. Most folks climb Boundary Peak from the Nevada side and some scramble across the connecting ridge and bag Montgomery Peak, too. Some of these steep canyons come to an abrupt end at a spot where ancient waterfalls once carved into the rock. This is an area where you'll want to have a good map in hand and expert knowledge in how to locate yourself on that map.

The mountains are primarily granite with an overlay of sedimentary rock. Exposed in some areas are fossils dating back about 600 million years. Most of Boundary Peak Wilderness is above treeline, and as such, can be a relatively dangerous place with gale-force winds and frequent lightning storms.

Boundary Peak Wilderness map
Boundary Peak Wilderness area map
Map courtesy of National Geographic Topo!