Ascent of Haystack Peak on 2015-06-21

Climber: Sam Grant

Others in Party:Greg Jagielski
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Haystack Peak
    Elevation:12020 ft / 3663 m

Ascent Trip Report

From an old cabin in Tom's Creek Canyon el~ 7640' we followed the jeep road up and over a crest at ~8500' and dropped into Scott's Basin. With Rocky Peak directly in front of us only a couple miles away we headed directly towards it. There were a couple sections of nasty buschwhacking but could possibly be avoided. From the top of Rocky Peak it is 4.6 air miles to Haystack or 6.2 hiking miles and a little over 3600 feet of elevation gain when factoring in the 1823 feet you lose coming off of Rocky to it's key col. Before getting to Haystack you have climb up and over a false summit, Ibepah Azimuth, and lose about 250' on what proved to be the trickiest scrambling on the hike. Awesome views in all directions from the top of Haystack. The GPS track loaded on to this page is only our descent track. For our ascent track, see the Rocky Peak page on this trip sequence. For our decent we backtracked to the false summit and followed it's direct sw ridgeline back down into Tom's Creek Canyon intersecting the road about a 1/2 mile from our camp. All said and done this hike ended up being just over 7800' elevation gain in just over 15 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4100 ft / 1248 m
    Total Elevation Loss:7208 ft / 2196 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.5 mi / 16.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3645 ft / 1110 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1272 ft / 388 m; Extra: 2373 ft / 723m
    Loss on way in:2373 ft / 723 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Traverse from Rocky Peak
    Start Trailhead:Rocky Peak  10748 ft / 3275 m
    Time:3 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4835 ft / 1473 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4380 ft / 1335 m; Extra: 455 ft / 138m
    Gain on way out:455 ft / 138 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Direct ridge to Tom's Creek from Ibepah Azimuth
    End Trailhead:Cabin in Tom's Creek Canyon  7640 ft / 2328 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Rocky - Haystack

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rocky Peak2015-06-21 a3709 ft / 1131 m
2Ibepah Azimuth2015-06-21 b 
3Haystack Peak2015-06-21 c4100 ft / 1250 m
Total Trip Gain: 7809 ft / 2381 m    Total Trip Loss: 7809 ft / 2380 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Sam Grant
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