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From the east end of the parking area at the end of Hidden Forest Road, walk past a gate and follow an old road into Deadman Canyon. Soon, the old road turns into use trail. The spectacular canyon is wide and the terrain never exceeds class 2.
Although there should be little difficulty following the use trail, if difficulty is encountered, merely stay in the main canyon, ignoring minor side canyons that may present themselves from time to time.
After walking about 4 ½ miles from the parking area, you will reach a fork, and if the use trail is lost, it may be difficult to determine which branch to take. Take the right one.
Assuming all goes well, after about 5.7 miles of travel into the canyon from the parking area, you will reach the cabin. The cabin is nestled in a very pleasant forest of ponderosa pines and fir trees. There’s even a small spring nearby. Feel free to go into the cabin and check it out.
Directly behind the cabin, there is another fork in the canyon. Take the left fork up the hill towards Wiregrass Spring. Once at the spring follow trails that meander up onto the ridge. The ridge can be rough. It angles to the NW. Before long, you will find yourself heading up to a saddle on Hayford Peak’s southwest ridge. This is where you wanna be.
From the saddle, hang a right and follow the use trail up the southwest ridge another mile or so over occasionally steep terrain to the rounded summit of Hayford Peak. Along the ridge, you may encounter some class 2-3 terrain that can be bypassed rather easily if you prefer.
Hayford Peak’s summit has some antennae, a small structure, and some solar panels, but is otherwise rather pleasant.
To descend, retrace your steps.
The typical gear for the season. There isn't much water, so bring plenty of that.
In winter/early spring, snowshoes and/or ice axe/crampons may be needed.
Route-finding is not particularly difficult, but a compass and topo map are helpful.