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Haystack Mountain Trail (Blue)

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 4.3 (4)

A moderate hike in the Adirondaks, near Lake Placid.


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Map Key

3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

Point to Point

2,867' 874 m

High

1,672' 510 m

Low

1,466' 447 m

Up

271' 83 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views

Description

Haystack Mountain Trail makes a few turns leading through different forest types until reaching the summit trail junction. Turn left and follow the blue blazes, again making a few more turns until the trail reaches the summit. From the partially wooded summit, some views include Haystack Pond and Mt. Pisgah (Mt. Snow) to the north, Harriman Reservoir to the south, and large windmills to the southwest. The summit, from different locations, also has many great views of bordering mountains.

NOTE: Here, only the details of the trail to Mount Haystack are shown. If you want to do both peaks (McKenzie and Haystack), see the McKenzie Mountain & Haystack Mountain Featured Hike.

Contacts

Land Manager: NY DEC - Region 5 Office

Shared By:

Eric P.

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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#272

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#9,121

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Haystack Mountain Summit
Sep 4, 2017 near Saranac…, NY
View from the summit,
Jun 26, 2019 near Saranac…, NY
Manmade dam at 2.5 miles
Sep 4, 2017 near Saranac…, NY
Another summit view.
Jun 26, 2019 near Saranac…, NY
A fork in the trail. Left (BLUE) for Haystack. Right (RED) for McKenzie.
Aug 20, 2017 near Saranac…, NY

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