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Haystack Mountain via Jackrabbit Ski and North Haystack Trails

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Easy-to-follow trails with some muddy sections on the Jackrabbit section.


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

Out and Back

2,873' 876 m

High

1,975' 602 m

Low

1,004' 306 m

Up

1,005' 306 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly There are no real difficult sections.

Overview

This trail reduces the distance to Haystack Mountain and is not as steep as the trail from Ray Brook.

Description

The Jackrabbit portion is wide with evidence of ATV travel. There are many muddy areas to deal with after a rain. At 1.9 miles, there is a cross trail. Turning right takes you to McKenzie Mountain. Turning to the left takes you to the marked North Haystack Trail to the peak of Haystack Mountain.

Stay on the Jackrabbit Ski Trail for about 0.4 miles. Keep an eye out for a moderately traveled trail to the left. There was a stack of several rocks marking the trail when I was there. The trail is narrow and unmarked, but easy to follow. It is much easier than the marked trail on the south side of the mountain.

Contacts

Land Manager: Adirondack Council

Shared By:

Stan Krieger

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Photos

Haystack Mountain Summit
Sep 4, 2017 near Saranac…, NY
Rock stack marking Haystack North Trail.
Jun 26, 2019 near Saranac…, NY
Another summit view.
Jun 26, 2019 near Saranac…, NY
View from the summit,
Jun 26, 2019 near Saranac…, NY
Enjoying the serenity and fall colors of the Jackrabbit ski trail in October 2021
Oct 17, 2021 near Lake Pl…, NY

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