This was fun and much less exposure than what I had read on other trip report pages...just a good scramble. I have a map and pictures with route drawn on at
If you only have a few hours to kill up on the Mirror Lake highway skip Bald Mountain and do this hike! We ascended via the south ridge from the mirror lake highway side. The scrambling starts at the beginning and doesn't let up til the end. Views are spectacular. Only wish it had taken longer. Next time I think I'll tie in Agassiz or Kletting or the peak just east of Hayden.
If you love scree, this is a peak for you.
After camping the night before lower down the canyon we decided to make a late run up Hayden as there was not a cloud in the sky. We made it up fine but on the ridge down it started hailing and scared us for a few minutes before it stopeed. The weather changes so fast out there because 10 minutes later it was sunny for the rest of the day. Great scramble with nice exposure though, plus a quick approach.
Had great weather, so after summitting Mt. Agassiz, traversed the ridge and climbed Hayden. First time. Like when climbing any other peak in this area, not one soul encountered. Amazing stuff!
Weather turned, Randi wasn't into it and the scree down was bad enpough for her ein hind sight. I would suggest returning back down the lower southern ridge we approached it by.
Have run up many times while my wife and kids fished at Butterfly Lake, but on this date I made it to the summit in 1 hour 4 minutes, a personal best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have climbed Hayden Peak various times. It is a great hike, no trail and a little scrambling. The views are spectacular.
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.