Left the car at 7:00 am (Milepost 25.4 on Northshore Rd) and climbed Boulder Peak first. Weather was good-mostly cloudy and in the mid-fifties. Hiked over from Boulder Peak to get to Guardian Ridge HP and then to the benchmark on Guardian Peak. Hiked down to Boulder Wash via the wash west of the north ridge; got surprised by the dry waterfall near the bottom. Got back to the car at 3:50 pm.
I took the long approach. It was sunny and reached 80F at mid-day -- boy, it felt hotter. I cached two water bottles on the route in, and used both on the way back. The west side of the peak has lots of steep talus slopes on top of blind cliffs, yuck. I wish I could take photos as nice as Anya's!
One of the best hikes that I have done in Lake Mead area on the Nevada side. The approach to the ridge is long, but well worth it. Great vistas of the lake and some signature peaks ( Sentinel, Pyramid, Bonelli, Boulder, Arch etc.) from Guardian.
It was only 45 degrees F plus windchill, which was perfect for this type of hike. I would not want to do this route in warm weather.
Enjoy my whole slideshow : Guardian Peak on January 17, 2008