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Rob ThompsonRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: July 12, 1969  Sucess!

Rob Thompson

A beautiful morning climb with the Wasatch Mountain Club. One of the guys surprised the group by pulling a watermellon out of his pack on the top - great lunch amid awsome views.
Posted Nov 10, 2005 5:06 pm

maraudersRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: Oct. 8, 2005  Sucess!


What a great mountain. The climb is fast and enjoyable. The view into the Stillwater Fork and the surrounding peaks is spectacular. We just sat there in awe watching the wind ripple across the lakes and the birds buzz over the ridges. The views from the top are awesome. We noted 6 other peaks that we could see that are now on our list to summit. Inspiring stuff.

The upper section of Hayden Peak is tremendous fun. The scrambling is simple and enjoyable, and there are a number of Class 5 routes that you can take to spice things up on the last summit tower.

We started at 7am and returned at 12pm. I would say our pace was average or a little slower than average, so hopefully this gives you a gauge of how quickly you could summit and return if speed is necessary.

Afternoon thunderstorms are very very common. Even in October we could see one building all morning and it finally hit just as we drove out. Just be observant and start early.

Posted Oct 8, 2005 9:08 pm

craghagRoute Climbed: Christmas Meadows/ ryder Lake Date Climbed: Sept. 2,2001  Sucess!


Rain, sleet and hail. Yellow Big Bird on Summit!
Posted Jun 7, 2005 10:17 pm

mountaingazelleRoute Climbed: South Ridge, West Chimneys Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2003, Sept 18, 2004, many other times  Sucess!


This is a great day hike in the Uintas. We started from Highline Trail and climbed up the ridge. The upper part of the mountain has some fun scrambling. From the top you could also continue on the ridge in many directions maybe climbing Mount Agassiz or Kletting Peak. At the time none of my hiking partners was very interested in that idea. Everytime we have been hit by a rain storm on the way down.
Posted Apr 30, 2005 9:19 pm



I don't recommend this route, but the one I took is from Hayden Pass to the prominent "gunsight" notch north of the peak. The ridge has some good scrambling, but the tough part was ascending straight up the talus chute to the notch.

At the time I was working as a backpacking guide at East Fork Bear River. I had one of the troop leaders drop me off at Hayden Pass on their way back to SLC. From there I climbed the peak, down to Kermsha Lake, and down to Christmas Meadows and over the Bear River Smiths Fork Trail to EFBR. Two days.
Posted Dec 23, 2004 12:00 am

MickeMornRoute Climbed: Highline TH - South Ridge; on to Agassiz. Date Climbed: Sep 2004  Sucess!


My wife and I scrambled up Hayden peak, and then continued down and up the long ridge to Agassiz peak. There was the option to continue to Spread Eagle peak for a 3-in-1 in one day, but we were running short on water by this point, and had previously climbed Spread Eagle. Incredible solitude for being so close to the SLC/Park City metro area.
Posted Dec 4, 2004 10:12 am

MikeyLPTRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: August 04  Sucess!


A cool 6 hour day during a window of good weather; we were pretty lucky to miss the rain, which just started as we reached the parking lot. Hayden is a fun climb over lots of scattered boulders. A good climb for the average climber.
Posted Oct 18, 2004 11:10 am

Joseph BulloughRoute Climbed: Christmas Meadows / Ryder Lake Date Climbed: 9/2/01  Sucess!

Joseph Bullough

Climbed during a backpack trip to Ryder Lake. We weren't sure of the route and ended up making it much more difficult than it needed to be (learned this on the descent). I'm sure it would have been a fun scramble if it was't for the fact I thought we would fall to our deaths. Bailed off the summit soon after arriving due to a hail storm.
Posted Jun 28, 2004 3:48 pm

grandwazooRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: Oct. 18 2003  Sucess!


Swung by to climb Hayden after Eccentric. A great peak. Didn't follow around the east side, instead climbed a chimney on the south end of the ridge line.
Posted Oct 19, 2003 4:49 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: West Ridge to South Slopes Date Climbed: Various  Sucess!


I have climbed Hayden Peak various times. It is a great hike, no trail and a little scrambling. The views are spectacular.
Posted Sep 3, 2003 3:32 pm

MrWasatchRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: August 19, 2001  Sucess!


Relatively short ascent (just over 2,000 feet), but challenging scramble up steep, often loose rock with much exposure. Almost entirely route-finding, very little if any actual trail.
Posted Aug 27, 2003 11:02 am

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