Haystack Notch Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bethel, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Bethel, ME: Travel west on US 2 approximately 9 - 10 miles, turn south onto SR 113. Travel over the two small bridges of Evans Brook. The trailhead may be found about 6 miles down the road on the left (east).
At the trail-head on 113 the sign said that Haystack Notch was 2.1 miles. LOTS of creek crossings. We went about two miles up the trail. At the top was a sign saying we were entering the Cariabo Mountain Wilderness area. Not long after that sign we lost the trail. Someone had flagged it for a few hundred more feet. But then nothing. We were not sure we were still on the trail so backtracked. We could not find any blazes or anyplace where we felt we missed a turn. So we did not continue - not wanting to be the people who need to be rescued off a mountain. Besides we were not planning on a 10 mile hike anyway.
The part of the trail we did was moderate, with the exception of the crossings. Maine is currently in a drought so those were easy, but after heavy rain they could be challenging.
fun trail.... can be muddy