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Windy Canyon is the place to go to get away from it all. No crowds, no parking issues, and some excellent moderate long routes with a bit of a backcountry feel.

Getting There 

Windy Canyon is located a couple canyons south of Black Velvet Canyon (Mud Spring Canyon is in between). From the 159/160 intersection, head west on 160 for around 5.5 miles and make a right on an unassuming dirt road. Take the first left and go about 0.3 mile and make a right. Then go north on the most obvious road, avoiding side paths for about 0.4 mile and park where you can see Windy Canyon off to the NNW. Takes between 90 minutes and two hours to hoof up into the canyon to the climbs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Windy Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Windy Peak:
Bait and Tackle   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Windy Canyon Bouldering
Le Cheval   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Windy Canyon Bouldering
The Sting   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Windy Canyon Bouldering
Jackass Flats   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 300'   East Face
Blockade Runner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   East Face
Jubilant Song   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   South Face
Diet Delight   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   East Face
Joanne of Arch   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches   South Face
Hot Fudge Thursday   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   South Face
Western Swing   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   South Face
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Rock Climbing Photo: taking our first glances at The Sting

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Playing around in the Football Field on our way to...
Rock Climbing Photo: Windy Canyon A favorite hide-out.
Windy Canyon A favorite hide-out.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Football Field on the way to Windy Peak.
BETA PHOTO: The Football Field on the way to Windy Peak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bonsai on Windy Peak summit
Bonsai on Windy Peak summit

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 11, 2004
Is it reasonable to do the 90 minute approach and bivy, doing several routes in a couple of days? Is there any water in there?
By Xavier Wasiak
From: Las Vegas, NV
Apr 15, 2004
I've never seen any water up there although this year it may be different. We've seen increased levels of water in every canyon recently, but I wouldn't bet on it. It would be a great place to bivy, up in the football field.
By Larry DeAngelo
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 29, 2006
Approach update, 2006: The very beginning of the road where you turn off Route 160 is paved for a short distance, turning to dirt beyond the cattle guard. Continue on this road for about a mile and a half and make a left turn. Follow this road for about 2 miles as it wanders through the desert, eventually arriving at a 4-way crossroad. Make a right here. In a short distance the road dips down into a steep arroyo. Conservative drivers can park at this point; the rest continue west, then south, passing the first obvious parking area and go to the second turnout.

There is now a pretty good trail that leaves from this turnout. Hike down and across the main wash and pick up the trail on the opposite side. The trail goes west, not very directly, toward a fenced off spring in the area of some strange dark orange-brown outcrops. These outcrops are on the south side of the main Windy Canyon streambed. Shortly after passing the outcrops, go up the rounded ridge a few yards then drop into the streambed on the right. Go west on the right hand side (north side) of the wash following mostly good trails. After a while, a large sub-canyon on the right blocks progress. The easiest spot to cross this is at its left (downhill) side. This avoids the worst brush, boulders, and ticks. Cross the subcanyon and pick up a trail on its far side. Go up and right to a steep hillside that leads up to the Football Field. Go to the far (west) side of the Football Field, then head up slabs and trail fragments to the main face.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 22, 2009
We drove in both ways and found the way that does not start on the Black Velvet road to be slightly easier as well as shorter. Either way is a little tough on a normal clearance car, but many had made it. We were lucky to rent a 2WD Jeep Patriot, which made it easy.

Larry's description of the approach is excellent!
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 25, 2013
This is a beautiful peak. The approach trail was well defined and not at all hard to follow. The hill on the second half is long and the trail is a bit loose in places.

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