Ascent of Hayford Peak on 2018-09-27
|Others in Party:||Cheryl Thomas|
|Date:||Thursday, September 27, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||9912 ft / 3021 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTo get to the trailhead you need to go to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center near Corn Creek, NV. Once there take the Alamo Road towards the Hidden Forest Road. The sign at the junction near the visitor's center says its 16 miles. The Alamo road is a maintained dirt road so you may wish to take a 4x4 just for the clearance and large tires. You could take a road vehicle but you would have to go much slower. There is a sign at the junction of the Alamo road with the Hidden Forest Road. Turn right here and drive to the end of the road. There is a large parking area and the trail starts here and ascends Deadman's Canyon. Travel up the canyon on the wash and a series of use trails along the way. Sometimes you will be hiking on the old dirt road that went up to the cabin. After about 5.5 miles you will reach a cabin maintained by the Forest Service. There is a nearby spring. From the cabin there are two routes to reach the main northeast-southwest ridge. We decided to take the continuation of Deadman's canyon which by now is a large wash. This route was recommended by Eric K. and turned out to be a very pleasant way to reach the main ridge. The other route follows a minor ridge from the cabin to the main ridgeline. Once on the main ridge there is a cairned use trail which you can follow all the way to the summit. Overall quite an easy hike with no difficult obstacles although some people would consider it long at 15.6 miles. Near the summit we encountered only a handful of spots that required any class 2 scrambling otherwise its mostly class 1.
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