After arriving in Las Vegas the day before we had much to do, but we had time for a quick peak so we climbed Windy Peak. From the Rio Hotel it was less than an hour's drive to the back roads. We started driving down the longer, narrower road but became concerned about getting stuck in the soft tracks. Also the encroaching thorny bushes scratched the sides of our vehicle. So instead, we drove down the shorter, more rugged jeep trail as far as we could and then hiked 1.7 km to the trailhead.
We had little route information save for a map showing the route. But it was enough as we soon hit upon a trail after leaving the road. The trail swung around the left side of the mountain before ascending to a level section called the “Football Field.” Past that, the trail climbed then abruptly disappeared about 250 m below the summit. Clearly we had to keep climbing in a rugged, vegetated ravine, but the best way wasn't apparent. We kept right, trying to avoid the bushes while skirting steep slabs.
Shrubbery eventually gave way to bare rock where the occasional cairn indicated that we were on track. The top flattened out and we made our way to the cairn holding a register.
Our route was rather easy and it was only later that we learned there was an east route that required much more scrambling. Nonetheless, we were happy to have summited this little desert peak.
Heading to the mountain base
Dinah makes her way around the desert plants
One of many huge boulders we passed
The trail skirts the mountain base before rising
Finally we started to ascend
Impressive cliffs below the summit
The Football Field
Stopping to look around
The trail winds up the ravine ahead
The trail swings right
Looking down at a rock slab we climbed up
We continue climbing while keeping right
We stopped to look where the route goes
No real difficulties along the way
Getting close to the summit
Relaxing under an overhang
False summit ahead
Spring Mountains in the background
Looking for the highest point
Dinah heads to the summit on her right
On the top of Windy Peak
Checking out rock formations
I ran into a yucca plant, like the one next to me. Despite appearances, the injury was minor
Back at the hotel, it's a long walk to our suite at the end of the hall
Blue Diamond 1:24,000 Topo (5.6 mi, 6250 ft, 2208 ft)