Ascent of Hayford Peak on 2021-06-25

Climber: Sandy Lara

Date:Friday, June 25, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hayford Peak
    Elevation:9912 ft / 3021 m

Ascent Trip Report

It looked like the weather would cooperate to bag Hayford before the summer heat really set in. There was a 20-30% chance of thunderstorms so we added rain gear to our 4+ liter water loads. The day started out warm and sunny without a cloud in the sky. As we hiked up, the temp would, theoretically at least, go down, or at least remain the same. It was feeling warm but there was a breeze. Then clouds started to develop and gave us some nice shade. The trail is easy to follow to the cabin. It is on gravel so it uses a bit more energy than packed dirt. This is nice and cushy on the way out. At just over 5 miles, we arrived at the cabin. This is a nice old structure which has had its floor and roof replaced in the last decade. Some boy scouts built a new outhouse less than a year ago. There is water flowing from the piped spring, not far from the cabin door. It looks like someone is in the process of replacing the pipe with some nice black PVC, but the job isn't done yet. The cabin area has multiple tent sites and several picnic tables. It's a beautiful area with a lot of tall pines. It would be nice to backpack to this area and use it as a base camp.

There are two obvious routes from the cabin to Hayford Peak, one up the ridge and the other up the gully. We went up the ridge (facing the cabin, go up to the left). The route is clear and heavily ducked. At the top of the ridge there needs to be a traverse to the right to get to the base of Hayford, which requires going down about 150' to the saddle between. This saddle is where the gully route comes up. The climb to the peak is straightforward and ducked. There is a small amount of class 2. There are communications towers and solar panels on the summit. The views are nice except for where you can't see through the manmade features. We returned to the saddle the same way, then Peter decided to take the ridge back and I dropped down the gully. I arrived at the cabin 10 minutes ahead of him (he had to reclimb the 150'). While there were thick dark clouds above us much of the time, especially on the summit, it never rained. The clouds saved us from the heat. By the time we got back to the trailhead it was 90 degrees.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4100 ft / 1249 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4100 ft / 1249 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.8 km
    Start Trailhead:5812 ft / 1771 m
Descent Statistics

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