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RedwicSimpler Than Anticipated  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2013

Redwic

First thing is first. Despite notions by some people to the contrary, DO NOT attempt to take a regular passenger vehicle on either Alamo Road or Hidden Forest Road; both roads are in very poor condition. Follow Alamo Road for 14.8 miles and then Hidden Forest Road for 3.7 miles to its road-end/parking area. Despite only being 18.6 miles from Corn Creek Field Station, expect the drives along Alamo Road and Hidden Forest Road to take an hour.

Another thing worth noting: Hidden Forest Cabin is on the National Register of Historical Places. According to my contact person at DNWR, people are not encouraged to stay there (but they still do, anyway, and DNWR is not going to prevent access to anyone who wants to visit). One of my concerns is/was actually one of DNWR's concerns: that eventually somebody staying there might get Hantavirus because of the little mice running around the area. Rob told me it had never been reported at that elevation, but you never know if it will in the future.

As for the peak, itself, I had neglected to print-out the route instructions except for the route map and driving directions. I like exploring and the route map seemed easy enough to follow: Hike along a trail to Hidden Forest Cabin and then go up the WSW ridgelines of Hayford Peak. I was hoping my presumptions would be correct, especially considering I needed to get back to Las Vegas in the afternoon with enough time to catch my flight back to Seattle. I had spoken via telephone with one of the main people at DNWR (Rob), who had given me a brief description of the route and roads. With my GPS handy, I figured summit route would be straightforward... and fortunately it was.

Actually, the route is even more straightforward than people have implied. After I reached the cabin, an obvious path leads up the intended ridge to the leftside. The path basically peeters-out, but then it is just a matter of continually ascending the slope to the ridgeline above. Soon after reaching the ridge crest, I started seeing occasional small rock cairns as well as a defined dirt path of some sort. The path disappeared a few times, but more or less it followed the ridge lines and led to the summit. There was one brief section where I went up a narrow Class 2 scramble (no exposure) through a rocky pinnacle rather than dropping down and around its leftside, while there was another rocky pinnacle where I did just the opposite. The summit register is located right next to the USGS Benchmark. This was the fifth of five peaks (including four Ultras) I would summit in 3-1/2 days.

The highlight of the ascent, and the entire peakbagging trip, was seeing DOZENS of hummingbirds buzzing around the springwater coming out of the small pipe near the cabin at nearly 6:00 AM. I never expected to see hummingbirds on a desert peakbagging trip.
Posted Jun 6, 2013 10:18 am

jdmorehouseA great over night  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2012

jdmorehouse

We hiked up the wash to the cabin and put down our packs and finished the climb. Afterwards, we found a nice place to camp and spent the night and hiked out the next morning. A nice weekend getaway.
Posted Mar 13, 2013 1:39 pm

PharmacistFirst in 2012  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 14, 2012

Pharmacist

via Deadman Canyon. Some packed snow the last couple miles before the cabin. Snow was virtually nil after that. Unusually warm I think. We were the first to sign the summit register since Dec 10, 2011.
Posted Jan 19, 2012 11:02 am

mtbaxterHayford with the DPS  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2011

mtbaxter

14 members of Sierra Club Desert Peaks Section successfully summited this Ultra just SE of Area 51 in beautiful weather. All previous trip reports that I could find are accurate, except that one report and my own GPS find it is 5.7 miles to the cabin and 8.01 miles one way to the summit. We spent the previous night and the subsequent night at the trailhead which is a great camp site for a large group. The trail to the cabin is occasionally tedious (walking on loose gravel) but all and all easier than expected, and gains 1400 of elevation without a sweat. Some impressive rock formations and cliffs en route, including one arch or window.

The nicely refurbished cabin now has water piped down from the spring and was flowing well in June in this wet year. The group briefly enjoyed the very active bird watching at this site.

We took a route from the cabin to the summit which I've read in one report but is not one of the two routes in the DPS book. This goes directly up the trail from the cabin just past the Wiregrass Spring and then gains the ridgeline just NW of the spring, then up the ridge up to the summit, with a very short descent at a saddle en route. This for the most part is an easy straight forward route, with only 10 feet of class II, and often has a good use trail (which our group of 14 made more useful, no doubt!)

8 hours round trip including long rest on summit. Two wheel drive vehicles made it to trailhead, but tedious.

Excellent trip report at www.birdandhike.com
Posted Jun 11, 2011 12:31 pm

fedakDeadman Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2011

fedak

Still a lot of snow on the north facing slopes- luckily the Hayford approach is almost entirely south facing. Last mile of the canyon was all hard packed snow. Took the ducked use trail for much of the route, but needed to frequently detour around snowfields (especially on the final leg up the west slope of the peak)

1st summiter of 2011.
Pics and commentary: here.
Posted Feb 15, 2011 1:02 pm

jmatthysVia Hidden Forest Cabin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2008

jmatthys

Was unsuccessful the first time do to an under estimate of the time to get there...spent a long time of the gravel road, so I turned around at the cabin. Have since went back and made the peak
Posted Oct 22, 2010 9:19 pm

lasvegaswraithDEADMAN  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2010

lasvegaswraith

No, not me..the canyon. Nice trip up the typical route past the cabin to the SW ridge and back. The canyon is spectacular in the afternoon sun - a must see! Fortunately the summer temps were still not here yet, so the hike temp was quite enjoyable.
Posted May 18, 2010 8:34 pm

bradbDeadman Canyon Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2010
Rough roads to trailhead. Good use trail in the canyon and most of the way along the ridgeline. Traversed some snowy sections around the rock outcroppings.
Posted Apr 18, 2010 1:08 pm

Bob BurdVia Deadman Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2009

Bob Burd

With Matthew, along with La Madre Peak in the afternoon. Trip Report
Posted Dec 12, 2009 10:01 pm

ShinLVvia Air plane crash site  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2009

ShinLV

After we made it to the cabin in 2 hour, we have decided to check the air plane crash site first. After we checked the site, we climbed the hill that was the opposite side of the Hayford Peak. We tried to follow the ridge line instead of scramble down and up to the Hayford. But we found out that ridge line didn't connected to the Hayford Peak after we climed up and down 3 hills. It turned to big loop hike. 20 miles and more than 5,000 ft total elevation gain.
Hayford Peak via air plane crash site
Posted May 5, 2009 3:45 am

recastMade it a loop route,  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2008

recast

My roommate and I did this today as a day hike. We started in Deadman Canyon then headed north from the cabin to the summit. Instead of descending the same route we decided to follow the dry stream bed to the east of the summit and it ended up taking us to the south edge of the cabin. If you want to make this hike a little easier on the climb up then that dry stream bed certainly seems like an more mellow climb. Great climb all around and I certainly want to return to the cabin sometime to camp out.
Posted Nov 15, 2008 1:06 am

KadeeDeadman Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008

Kadee

Very cool area - I loved how the terrain changed as we went into the canyon. The cabin was very cool also. I did this as a dayhike and did Charleston the day before.
Posted Nov 12, 2008 10:47 pm

mlarkin2002Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2008
Dayhiked from deadman canyon. For an ultra, this one does not have the greatest of views.
Posted Oct 11, 2008 7:52 pm

TracyFinally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2008

Tracy

After having this peak on my "to do" list for 20+ years, I climbed it today after getting a last minute invite from my brother, Barton last night. Joining us were Dick Wimmer (hike organizer), his son-in-law Aaron, Scott Seegmiller, Alan Pinkerton, Rick Holmes and several other of Dick's hiking buddies. Weather was nice for May (not too hot). There were still patches of snow on the north-facing slopes.
Posted May 11, 2008 12:21 am

jimeganHAYFORD PK  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2001

jimegan

LONG DRIVE IN FOR A SOLO DAYHIKE VIA DEADMAN CYN
Posted Feb 8, 2008 8:25 am

MoapaPk2x in snow, usual route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2004

MoapaPk

I've been up twice when there was snow, once from ~6300', once from ~8000'. This hike is too hot in the summer. As usual, I'm signing this after the fact as I cruise around looking for other info.
Posted Sep 28, 2007 3:47 pm

sierragatorGreat dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2007

sierragator

Summited Hayford via deadman cyn in four hours. Snow was patchy up near the cabin and was patchy along the ridgeline. Nice, well marked route. Clear, cool, light winds. Could see the snow capped Sierra crest on the far western horizon. Great day on the mountain.
Posted Mar 13, 2007 12:39 pm

DeanDeadman Canyon & cross country route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2007

Dean

Redsplashman (see below entry) and my self had the mountain all to our selves as snow made the peak a bit more interesting. Sacha was a great hiking companion and we had an enjoyable day and it was nice to get this one in the winter.
Posted Feb 20, 2007 4:12 am

redsplashman23Hayford Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2007

redsplashman23

Excellent Views all around! Myself and SP Dean, who hiked with me, were the 1st ones to sign the register this year.
Posted Feb 19, 2007 11:37 pm

Anya JingleDeadman's Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2005

Anya Jingle

We came prepared for a snow climb. It turned out there was very little snow left. Still a nice day. Photos are here: Hayford Peak hike
Posted Jan 31, 2007 11:08 pm

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