Ascent of Hayford Peak on 2009-11-15

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Jose Witt
Date:Sunday, November 15, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hayford Peak
    Elevation:9912 ft / 3021 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail up Deadman Canyon as far as the cabin/springs (about 5.5 miles) was gradual and easy to follow (there were many paths that split off and rejoined the main trail, but they all went to the same place). After the springs we went up the slope to the north, and followed that ridge to the summit. Even in that section, there was a worn path with cairns most of the way.

There was about one half to one inch of snow in patches, but it didn't present any significant challenges, except for one patch on the final slope were we went around the north side of a outcropping on the ridge. On the way down we took the south side and avoided the issue.

Unless one likes hiking in extreme cold (by my standards), I'd recommend attempting this when the high temperature in Las Vegas is forecast to be at least 65 F. When we hiked the forecast high was 56 F, and the tube in my water bottle was frozen for the first 6 miles. After that, it was above freezing, but not by much.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4472 ft / 1361 m
    Elevation Loss:4472 ft / 1361 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4272 ft / 1301 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Deadman Canyon to Hidden Forest Ridge
    Trailhead:Deadman Canyon Trailhead  5840 ft / 1780 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4272 ft / 1301 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Hidden Forest Ridge to Deadman Canyon
    Trailhead:Deadman Canyon Trailhead  5840 ft / 1780 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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