Ascent of Hayford Peak on 2016-03-04

Climber: Tom Gathright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, March 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hayford Peak
    Elevation:9912 ft / 3021 m

Ascent Trip Report

Lola and I left the house at 6:45 AM and started the drive to Hayford. Once at the Corn Creek station, I signed the register indicating where I was headed for the day. Then I started the long drive up Alamo Road. This is a 22-mile rough dirt road; I guess everyone that posts on Hayford is driving a rental because for me in my truck it was too rough to call a good dirt road. It is driving on wash board for the entire trip coupled with rocks that shake the truck. It is an unpleasant drive!

I finally made it to the parking spot and started hiking at 8:10 AM. About two hours into the hike I started getting to snow and I would fall through so I kept veering off the trail to stay on solid ground. Unfortunately, that caused me to turn left into a canyon about a ½ mile earlier than the one with the cabin. I made my way p the right side of the canyon and got onto the correct ridge.

Once on the ridge, there were scattered cairns and the ridge was steep. The cabin is five miles up the wash and Hayford Peak is three miles up the ridge, but it took longer to hike the three miles than the five. I finally made it to the summit after 4 hours and 44 minutes hiking. I signed the register, took some photos, ate and drank and then departed around 1:10 PM. The summit does not have spectacular views at all.

Lola and I made our way back the same route going up except I wanted to see the cabin so when we came upon where we had gained the ridge we continued straight. I made it to the cabin, took a picture and pressed on.

I made it to the truck in 3 hours and 33 minutes after leaving the summit. I drove much faster on the way out. I made it home around 7:00 PM.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground

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