Ascent of Hayden Peak on 2021-11-14

Climber: Josh Super

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 14, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hayden Peak
    Elevation:8403 ft / 2561 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak was the mission for the day. Could see it somewhat from Boise, and didn't look like a ton of snow, especially since I was looking at the north side, I figured I would be good to go.

Been to silver city once before and we could have easily knocked it off then, but it was nice making a return trip. The road wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered it from 5 years ago. A little muddy in spots, but I easily made it to War Eagle, and probably could have kept going, but I hit a sizeable snow drift and decided I wouldn't test my luck in the work vehicle and get some exercise.

I did forget how much I hate hiking roads though, and somewhat regretted my decision as I plodded towards Turntable, finally getting some off trail action and briefly talking to a UTVer hunting for deer. Very windy today, essentially Wyoming levels. Topped out turntable before long and thought it was funny this was the only summit out of the 3 that had a summit log. Also the only one without mechanical equipment, so that was nice.

Didn't stay long before descending towards Hayden. Lots more snow on this side. The Hayden climb was considerably more extensive, but still incredibly easy for a 3ker. Spent some time up at the summit, and although it was a very warm day for Novemeber, the wind was getting worse as the day went on and the temperatures were dropping slightly. Nice view of the treasure valley and some of the snowy peaks beyond.

Went back down the ridge to Turntable then had a long walk on the road back around, but once around I continued on the ridge, which turned out to be a waste of time as the ridge goes up steeply through snow then back down into the woods, not as direct as I was hoping. Found an abandoned tent and water filter so I at least grabbed the water filter to take out. Not long after I made it to my truck near the base of War Eagle, and I resituated slightly to make a very fast ascent of that one.

Successful day in the Owyhees and got a good workout.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2003 ft / 609 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1300 ft / 395 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1403 ft / 427 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 703 ft / 215 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Loss on way in:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Start Trailhead:7700 ft / 2346 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Gain on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km

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