Ascent of Haystack Peak on 2020-10-03
|Date:||Saturday, October 3, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||12020 ft / 3663 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTo get to Haystack, I approached from the north via Toms Creek. The road to get to Toms Creek Canyon requires a 4WD, high-clearance vehicle, but is in decent shape. I camped at the second old miners' cabin off the road near its end. I used an old two-track seen on Google satellite imagery for the first part of the hike, and then hiked off trail up the crest of the range once the two track faded out. Up to Ibepah Azimuth, the hike is pretty easy. To get over to Haystack, there's a knife-edge ridge you have to scramble around, but it isn't hard, no more than class 3. It's very similar in terms of difficulty and the kind of scrambling to the Pfeifferhorn in the Wasatch. There's a natural pathway on the west side of the ridge that with some routefinding is pretty straightforward and only lasts for about a quarter of a mile. I used the other tracks uploaded here for the descent, i.e., going down the eastern side of Ibepah Azimuth's north face straight back to the parking area. It worked, but it was steep and slow-going--lots of bushwhacking, deadfall, and ground that turned into a loose soil/pine needle/pine cone combo. It saved on distance, but not sure about time or effort. It's hard imagining coming up this way, but I certainly didn't mind the extra mileage for the ascent because it was more gradual and I was able to enjoy more scenery. The hike was 8.3 miles with 4300 feet of gain.
See Summitpost for a more detailed report: https://www.summitpost.org/toms-creek/1055574
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