Ascent of Hayford Peak on 2018-05-09

Climber: Jon Avery

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hayford Peak
    Elevation:9912 ft / 3021 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road and the hike were pretty similar for this one - long and uneventful.

The road can be handled by any passenger vehicle with all but the most minimal of clearance. My Subaru Forester didn't bump a single rock - which is really saying something. I drove up the night before and slept at the trailhead to get an early start. The route to the cabin was fairly obvious - just follow the use trails and washes. There are many camp sites both along the way and just past the cabin. I made it to the cabin in just under 2 hours, so if you're planning on camping there you can plan on spending about 3 hours from the point that you leave the highway until you get to the cabin. After doing Hayford as a day hike, I would definitely recommend trying to camp at the cabin. It has sleeping room for one (or a very friendly couple) on a wooden bed frame, but two or three more could sleep on the floor. A bigger party than 4 would have to utilize one of the many camp sites outside. There is also a little running water stream in front of the cabin, along with some picnic tables. I definitely want to come back and camp out here some time.

When leaving the cabin, go RIGHT/EAST and up the valley behind it. Do not make the mistake I made of following the trail up towards Wiregrass Spring, thinking it's the Hayford Peak trail. There really is not Hayford Peak trail, at least not until you reach the southwest saddle between it and Peak 9290. From there, the trail has many cairns and is actually pretty nicely laid out.

The summit is covered in towers and solar panels, similar to Gass and Frenchman. Views of the Charleston peaks are pretty nice. It was too hazy to see much else. On my way down, it started heating up really quickly as the elevation dropped. It was probably 85 degrees by the time I got to my car, compared to the 50 degrees that I slept through (it was 104 in Vegas that day).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4077 ft / 1242 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.2 mi / 24.5 km
    Trailhead:5835 ft / 1778 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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