Ascent of Hayford Peak on 2017-05-01

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hayford Peak
    Elevation:9912 ft / 3021 m

Ascent Trip Report

Road to trailhead in good shape; any SUV and some sedans can make it. Just some sections of Alamo Rd with somewhat loose big gravel. Not enough clearance to stay in the dual track, and you scrape the gravel. It's wide enough to drive out of the tracks, but if you sink or dig in, you could get stuck.
Trail also good. Wiregrass Spring is running well. Cabin in good shape; there's a sleeping pad in it; just need a sleeping bag.
Beyond the cabin, it's good to have a GPS track to stay on the use trail. I used Jen Chapman's, and it was spot on. Coming down into the sun, it was much more difficult to stay on the trail. I finally took my GPS in my hand to move along faster.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4550 ft / 1386 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4550 ft / 1386 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.9 mi / 24 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4290 ft / 1307 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4050 ft / 1235 m; Extra: 240 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Route:Dead Man Cyn, SW rij
    Start Trailhead:Hidden Forest TH  5862 ft / 1786 m
    Time:4 Hours 26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4310 ft / 1313 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4050 ft / 1235 m; Extra: 260 ft / 79m
    Gain on way out:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:SW rij, Dead Man Cyn
    End Trailhead:Hidden Forest TH  5862 ft / 1786 m
    Time:3 Hours 39 Minutes

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