|View Southeast from Windy Peak|
The weather was sunny, cool, clear, and breezy from time to time – a perfect day for a fall hike!
|Climbing the Dirt & Rock Trail to the "Football Field"|
|Checking the GPS at the "Football Field"|
From the Cottonwood Valley, the route gains the summit via a route that approaches the sandstone escarpment from a trailhead at about 4,100 feet on the Cottonwood Valley floor, rising generally northwest directly up the major canyon that lies southwest of Windy Peak.
The first segment crossed a large wash and typical Red Rock desert. It then climbed a loose, Class II gravel-and-rock “trail” to an interim saddle at about 5,000 feet.
From the saddle, the route dropped about a hundred feet, then became a mostly Class III scramble -- first, up through boulders and a little brush in the canyon bottom; then, on sandstone slabs and ledges, west up the right-hand side of the canyon wall; and, finally, after a switchback, a climbing traverse east across more ledges and steep slab to the summit at about 6,250 feet.
|Approaching the Ramp|
|Contemplating Different Routes|
Returning to the cars, we essentially retraced our route up, walking gingerly down the steep slabs and, later, loose gravel and rock. Coordinator Michael O’Connor made a special detour so that we’d pass right by a fenced-in spring! ~ Larry
|Are we there yet?|
|Yep! We're there!|
|Reaching the Floor|