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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 and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 14.6 mi Elevation gain 4,284 ft Route type Out & Back

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Backpackers can spend a night at the Hidden Forest cabin. Water is available but should be treated.

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Mikey Tuccelli-Margolin
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Greg Fleming
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Aaron Johnson
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Chase Hartman
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18 miles of dirt road to get to trail head. Trail after cabin is very difficult to follow, I had to use app to stay on course

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Seneca Rayburn
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Backpacking

This is a great and strenuous hike. Clearly not many people do it, as the trail is harder to pick out at the top. Be sure to follow the markers. Beautiful wildlife and forest!

Mike Rayburn
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Really great overnight backpacking trip with my daughter, Seneca. Stunning views, Ponderosa forrests, cool rock formations, and a challenging climb. In fact, assuming you're physically up for it the only drawback is that there are some areas on the steep climb past the cabin where the trail/cairns are hard to follow, particularly on the descent/return. But... it was great anyway. The 18 miles of gravel road are a pain and I wouldn't do it in anything less than a truck or jeep. I have a 2WD Tacoma which did fine. From the start of the hike... Most reviews point out the difficult, loose gravel for the first few miles headed toward the cabin, which is a pain especially going up. Otherwise it's a beautiful, gradual climb to the cabin, terrain changing from desert and Joshua trees to Ponderosa wilderness. We're in pretty good shape and it took a little under three hours. The cabin is a one-room, historic abode; stocked with water, food, some alcohol and basic necessities with wood stove and sleeping area. It even has bedding and a sleeping bag, though I wouldn't use it. We plan to come back with the family and stay there sometime. The trail from parking to the cabin is directly east. From the cabin the climb up the ridge goes N and is considerably steeper. After the first 100 yards the trail/cairns are hard to follow but a compass (just keep heading N/NNE) and logic (you're climbing a ridge, don't leave it) should get you on the correct path. The ridge offers amazing views on either side at different times. After about 1 1/2 miles nearing the top of the ridge (before the turn NNE to Hayford Peak), again the cairns are hard to follow, especially coming down. We started the hike around 2:20PM, made the cabin by a little after 5PM and by the time we reached the top of the ridge where you turn NNE to Hayford Peak - the route to which is perfectly visible - it was probably 6:30PM and getting dark and cold. So, instead of attempting to summit Hayford Peak that late we explored the wooded plateau we were on. To the west we found a perfect campsite just out of the wind. We built a safe little fire, pitched a tent, had dinner and went to bed. It got down in the 20's and there was snow but with the right gear we were very comfortable. The sunrise was amazing and revealed stunning views and... turns out we camped just 100 yards from a beautiful peak/summit (not sure what it's called) which has 360 views of EVERYTHING! Mt Charleston, Mt Wilson, Black Mountain, Vegas, Hayford Peak, and a lot more. Though we really wanted to summit Hayford Peak - we were less than an hour climb, though it's steep - we had to get back and decided to head back. We determined to return and summit another time. Again, the trail is hard to follow at the first part going back down the ridge but just head S/SSE, stay on the ridge and look for the cairns, you'll find it. If you're physically up for it this is a fantastic trip!

Amanda Lopez
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Ryan Conger
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Not for the faint of heart, but f you're up to the challenge, you won't regret it.

Jean-Luc Montagnier
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Hiking

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...

Diane Nishwitz
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javier w.
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Dan Bickford
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Spence B
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Mari M
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Ryan Allord
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Cisco Melendez
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Cesar Garcia
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