Ascent of Hayford Peak on 2011-06-04

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Jim Fleming leader
Tina Bowman & Dave Perkins co-leaders
James Barlow
Gary Bowen
Sharon-Marie Wilcox
Larry Grant
Ute Dietrich
Rich Wilson
John Ide
Daniel Bleiberg
Mathew Kelliher
Karin Edwa
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hayford Peak
    Elevation:9912 ft / 3021 m

Ascent Trip Report

14 members of Sierra Club Desert Peaks Section successfully summited this Ultra just SE of Area 51 in beautiful weather. All previous trip reports that I could find are accurate, except that one report and my own GPS find it is 5.7 miles to the cabin and 8.01 miles one way to the summit. We spent the previous night and the subsequent night at the trailhead which is a great camp site for a large group. The trail to the cabin is occasionally tedious (walking on loose gravel) but all and all easier than expected, and gains 1400 of elevation without a sweat. Some impressive rock formations and cliffs en route, including one arch or window.

The nicely refurbished cabin now has water piped down from the spring and was flowing well in June in this wet year. The group briefly enjoyed the very active bird watching at this site.

We took a route from the cabin to the summit which I've read in one report but is not one of the two routes in the DPS book. This goes directly up the trail from the cabin just past the Wiregrass Spring and then gains the ridgeline just NW of the spring, then up the ridge up to the summit, with a very short descent at a saddle en route. This for the most part is an easy straight forward route, with only 10 feet of class II, and often has a good use trail (which our group of 14 made more useful, no doubt!)

8 hours round trip including long stop on summit. Two wheel drive vehicles made it to trailhead but much more pleasant in my Jeep.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7952 ft / 2423 m
    Extra Gain:1950 ft / 594 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.8 km
    Route:Deadman Canyon/ridge NW of Wiregrass Spring
    Trailhead:Trailhead end of Hidden Forest Road  5860 ft / 1786 m
    Grade/Class:Class I 10 feet Clas
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
brief periods of gusts

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