With Fred Genske.
Nice hike with lots of solitude. Ultra #34 for me.
Nice cabin, but one of the more boring routes and summits of the overall trip.
Other peaks we did during this trip include; Potosi, Cheyenne, Muddy Mountain, Muddy Peak, Virgin, The Orphan, Silica Dome, Cairn, The Sentinel, East Redstone, Redstone, Mystery Cairn, Vista, Clark, McCullough, Spirit, Stepladder, Big Maria, False Maria, Black Butte, Chuckwalla, Pinto, Orocopia, Toro, Santa Rosa, and Thomas.
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We car-camped at the TH and started hiking at 5:45 a.m.. Arrived at the cabin a little over two hours later where a scout group was packing up to leave. Followed north-trending ridges to the saddle west of the peak, then up to the peak itself. We had no route-finding troubles: there were cairns and occasional paths to follow. Hike out went well, including encountering a diamondback rattlesnake on the trail near where it opens to the desert. Clear and pleasant afternoon and a beautiful area!
Up the DPS standard route, and down by the west ridge (much, much better). An unexpected bonus with the (still) cooler temperatures.
Standard route up Deadman to Hidden Forest Cabin, then semi-obvious use trail up ridge to peak. I had to work in Vegas in the AM, left late morning and was at TH by ~1PM. Packed up to cabin, stopped, checked out cabin, filtered water and stowed pack, then continued up to peak, returning to cabin ~15 min before dark. Camped by cabin and packed out in the AM, but could have hiked back down Deadman by headlamp without difficulty.
This is a beautiful hike. Deadman gets progressively prettier as you climb, and Hidden Forest is a really lovely place. (The cabin is in great shape, and would be a welcome shelter in inclement weather. The spring in front of the cab was flowing well in mid-September- about a gallon every 5 minutes.) Above the cabin the hike is open and airy, along easy ridgelines through open stands of bristlecones. The peak itself isn't spectacular, as views are partially obstructed to the North, but still good.
The drive is long and a bit tedious- took me 1 hr 10 min from visitor center, but only because the road is rocky and washboarded; neither clearance nor traction were issues. A patient driver in a passenger car with decent tires would make it to the TH just fine. (Keyword being "patient".)
Went up via Deadman Canyon. No snow or ice along entire trail. 7:30 AM start and up in 3 hours 10 minutes and back to car in 6 hours 20 minutes after spending 30 minutes on summit. If not hiking solo, would count on at least 7 hours roundtrip. GPS reads 7.8 miles one way. It did start snowing while I was on the summit but no accumulation. Prior entries were from April 20th -- didn't even see other cars on the access roads heading in or out. Overall was a very enjoyable hike and the Hidden Forest is neat. No vertical exposure and plenty of cairns along the ridge. Only a short section of class 2 near the summit. Stay left of rock outcroppings on way up as others have noted. I did start down the wrong ridge on the way back down off the summit so be aware. Only a trickle of water coming out of the hose near the cabin. As for getting to the trailhead, I rented a Wrangler and it took about 45 minutes from the Corn Creek Station -- but I drove reasonably fast given large/thick tires. A passenger car could make it to the Hidden Forest Road turnoff and potentially up Hidden Forest Road but I wouldn't recommend it. I also probably wouldn't take a car I owned up Hidden Forest Road.
With my Dad up Deadman Canyon. It was a quick 5.5 miles up to the cabin with a fair amount of packed snow in the canyon. From the cabin on up to the top there was virtually no snow, which I imagine is an oddity for late January. Very easy going along the ridge with an easy to follow use trail and many cairns along the way. We made the top in less than 4 hours. The last entry in the summit register was over 5 weeks ago on 12/16/2014. Very, very windy and cold on top. Temperatures on the hike out, once off of the ridge had to be in the mid to upper 50's. Awesome day and awesome hike. Ultra #25 for me and the last one I needed in Nevada.
Especially after Charleston the day before...
The drive in is about one slow hour. The cabin is very nice. The view would have been nice, but it was snowing. Trip report.
Tagged as part of an overnight backpack to the Hidden Forest cabin. Some uphill sloggage, but overall a very straightforward route.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.