Hayford Peak is a 14.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Indian Springs, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking.
Backpackers can spend a night at the Hidden Forest cabin. Water is available but should be treated.
From the Hidden forest cabin, there is 2 ways to join the hayford peak :
1- Turn left just at the cabin and find your own way to te ridge, then, turn right and follow this long ridge to the Hayford peak (My favorite way because you'll have the view .on the both side of the canyons..). When at the top of the ridge, take a moment to find a way to go down from the peak because there is hard cliffs on the far side...
2- Continue at the bottom of the canyon and find your way to the ridge on your left...(Nice way for descending !)
At the top of the Hayford ridge, there is a wonderful 360° overlook, from Utah on the north, to the Mount Charleston and Mumies peak area on the south..
No difficulties but a long long trail from the car parking to the cabin, then to the Hayford peak... Beautiful canyon and absolutely anybody in this vast area.
This hike is great because you'll start from the desert till a beautiful Ponderosa pine forest..
From the visitor center, there is a 1h30 min travel by car at last, on a rough road to the car parking.
No water at all all along the trail, except some rescue tanks hided in the pines, or some drops at the fountain near the cabin.
Taking care of weather forecast because of possible sudden flash floods in case of rain storm in some narrow parts of the canyon.
Lot of wildlife in this canyon all along the trail : lezards, dears, birds, jackrabbits...