Ascent of Hayford Peak on 2014-06-23

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hayford Peak
    Elevation:9912 ft / 3021 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our morning ascent of Telescope Peak we cross Death Valley and have a late lunch in Beatty, a small town in Nevada. Dennys has good wifi, but this being Nevada, you have to walk past a lot of casino apparatus to reach the restaurant!

We then make a detour into Las Vegas to swap our rental car, already the second of the trip, this time due to a brake judder (the first was Elk related!). The changeover is very easy and we're soon on our way to the trailhead.

The 15 mile drive along Alamo Road is considerably worse than expected, with deep loose gravel in a few places, and only some skilful determined driving by Alan gets our rented Toyota Corolla along it without incident. The final 3.7 miles along Hidden Forest Road are less problematic, as expected from a recent Peakbagger report. We sleep at the trailhead.

The Deadman Canyon trail starts at the top end of the parking lot (N36.62886 W115.28751, 1781m). We start at 6.11 and the 5 mile walk up the canyon is pleasantly cool, with pine woodland (the Hidden Forest). The gravelly rubbly trail is heavy going. We meet a group with two dogs whose paws have been hurt by the stony trail and are being bound up with duck tape before they head out without summitting.

We arrive at the old hunting cabin (N36.63138 W115.20753, now a simple unmanned shelter for public use, like a bothy in Scotland) and rest in the cool for a few minutes. The last group there have left some wine - an unexpected treat!

From the cabin, the route continues due north with an intermittent trail up a broad forested ridge, a little dense lower down, easier higher up. Nice scenery, not dramatic, open forest, good wildflowers, interesting rock formations.

Hayford comes into view, topped with comms masts. Immediately before it there's a drop of about 45m. Maybe it's possible to traverse and avoid it but we just stay on the trail. The trail becomes divided and less defined on the final ascent but it's easy to find a way up through the small crags.

The summit is a rock outcrop (N36.65778 W115.20085, 3026m) with a comms installation. The trig plaque N36.65772 W115.20082 is a few yards south of the highest rocks, on a rock slab. Our ascent time is 3h25: Petter Bjorstad's 3h is pretty fast.

After a break we head down, slightly losing our way a couple of times despite having a GPS track: avoiding the dense trees pushes us L off route. We're at the cabin in 47 mins, take a break (and a little more red wine in my case!) then run back down the canyon trail in under an hour, the gradient just compensating for the slow gravelly surface. 5h31 round trip.

Alan coaxes the Corolla back down Alamo Road and we make the short drive up Lee Canyon Road for an afternoon ascent of Charleston Peak.

Hayford Peak photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4365 ft / 1330 m
    Extra Gain:148 ft / 45 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Route:Deadman Canyon
    Trailhead:Hidden Forest Road  5843 ft / 1780 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 43 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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