MILEAGE: 316 miles of paved road, 4.1 miles of excellent dirt, 18.6 miles of good to fair dirt road
DRIVE: From Las Vegas, NV drive 24 miles N on US Highway 95 to a signed turnoff "Desert National
Wildlife Range", 0.6 miles N of Clark County highway
milepost 101. Turn right (E), following a
paved road
4.1 m
iles to the signed Alam
o Road/Mormon Well Road junction just past the Corn Creek Entrance
Station (Stop here and sign the Visitor Register upon entering and leaving the area). Turn left (N) on the
Alamo Valley Road and drive 8.8 miles on dirt to a signed fork "Cow Camp Road". Bear left and continue 6.2
miles to the signed "Hidden Forest Road" turnoff, where you'll turn right (E) and drive 3.6 miles to road's end at
a locked gate.
CLIMB: Hike E up Deadman Canyon on what the map calls a Pack Trail for 5 miles to the Hidden Forest
cabin at 7900 feet elevation. From the cabin, choose either of the following two routes to the top. The first
route follows the drainage N from the cabin about 1.75 miles to a saddle (UTM 604577) at 9080+ feet
elevation, located 0.5 miles SW of the summit. From this saddle turn right and hike NE to the top. The
second route follows the major ridgeline right (E) of the route just described. Skirt along the right side of
point 8856 and then N over point 9550 to the summit. A third route gains the ridge to the left and is the usual
route up now. The top of Hayford is easily recognized by its array of radio communications equipment.
ROUND TRIP STATS: 4100 feet elevation gain, 15 miles, 9 hours
1. Hayf
ord Peak is the highest point in both the Sheep Range and the Desert National Wildlife
Refuge, which
itself includes six m
ajor mountain ranges. The refuge was established in 1936 primarily as a sanctuary for the
desert bighorn sheep and encompasses over 2200 square miles of prime desert, making it the largest National
Wildlife Refuge in the "lower 48". The western half of the range is used by Nellis Air Force Base as a
bombing and gunnery range, making it off limits to the public (and probably bighorn sheep too). A diverse
range of life zones occurs here, extending from desert shrub to coniferous forest communities. The refuge
supports numerous large species of animals as well as over 260 species of birds. Pick up a free brochure at the
Corn Creek Entrance Station explaining these natural features as well as important regulations on driving,
camping, hiking and backpacking within the refuge. Included below are some of the more important
A. Vehicular traffic is permitted only on designated roads. Off-roading is not allowed.
B. Camping and backpacking are permitted year-round.
camps, except backpack camps, must be
located within 100 feet of designated roads. Camping within 1/4 mile or within site of any waterhole
or spring is prohibited.
C. All pets on the refuge must be leashed.
D. Campfires are permitted but only dead wood may be used. No wood may be removed from the
E. Searching for or removing objects of antiquity, defacing rock art and disturbing archeological
sites is prohibited. Rock or m
ineral collecting is restricted to ma
terials that are exposed and collectable
without the use of tools including metal detectors.
F. Collecting, possessing, disturbing, injuring, removal or transportation of any plant or animal
or parts thereof (dead or alive) is prohibited.
G. Carrying, possessing or discharging firearms or other explosives on the range is
For y
our protection and to provide valuable statistics for the Refuge administrators, sign the visitor register at
the Corn Creek Field Station before and after doing Hayf
ord Peak.
2. The area around Hidden Forest Cabin offers good camping among the pines for backpackers. The water at
nearby Wiregrass Spring is not safe for drinking. It may contain bacterial contaminants. If you do plan on
using it as a drinking water source, either boil it vigorously for 15 minutes of treat it with iodine.
Revised 4/5/18