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Windy Peak
Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada
October 25, 2009

After arriving in Las Vegas the day before we had much to do, but we had time for a quick trip 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 car rental. 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 cactus and 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.

KML and GPX Tracks

The road leads to Windy Peak, false summit seen here (mouse over for a close-up)

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

Prickly pear cactus on the right and shrub live oak on the left (mouse over)

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

Agave detail (mouse over to back up)

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

The cover displays an argument (mouse over) on what the name of this peak was

On the top of Windy Peak

Checking out rock formations on the way back

I ran into a yucca plant. Despite appearances, the injury was minor.

Back at the Rio 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)

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