standard - Deadman Cyn to SW Ridge

standard - Deadman Cyn to SW Ridge

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 36.65700°N / 115.2°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hike
Additional Information Time Required: Most of a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Class 1 (with some class 2)
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Route Description

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.

Essential Gear

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.

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jtellis - Apr 30, 2012 10:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Many corrections to make on this route

There are a lot of errors on this route description, and unfortunately, I ended up burning a couple hours going in the wrong direction and circling before ultimately giving up (due to lack of water and the afternoon getting late) only a mile or less from the summit. First thing to note -- it's a minor correction, but the cabin is 5.7 miles from the trailhead, not 5. Here is the major problem with this route description: "Directly behind the cabin, there is another fork in the canyon. I’m told that either one will take you where you want to go. We took the right one." This is not true. I took the right fork and, after 20 minutes or so, ended up at a massive class 3 rockslide where the canyon narrows. After walking around seeing if there was an alternate route I missed, I went back. This is because this is where Deadman Canyon dead ends, hitting "the crest of the Sheep Range" as described on To the left of the cabin (if you are facing it) is a side canyon. This is not the proper way to go either, as it meanders eastward through the woods. If you did indeed follow this for a mile and a half or so (and given the amount of small canyons that branch off, it's hard to follow) you would likely find the canyon that leads up to Hayford. But it would take you far out of the way. The proper way to to go is to head up to Wiregrass Spring, which is less than 10 minutes walking up an obvious use trail from the cabin. If you are facing the cabin, it's off to the left and goes straight up the hill. Once at the spring, you can follow vague use trails that meander up on to the ridge. The ridge is pretty rough at times, but by angling to the northwest (hiker's left) of the steep cliffs you encounter, you can get to the peak without much trouble. I discovered this too late in the day to make up lost time and water. Unless this page has been updated, the best and most thorough route guide to follow is from Though a little too concisely written, the page on Hayford confirms this route:

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