Haystack Mountain Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Haystack Mountain Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ray Brook, NY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.2 miles 1789 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

From the trailhead start a mellow hike through an attractive forest passing below Little Burn Mountain to your right. As the terrain begins to climb the footing remains very nice. Eventually you will swing hard north and follow closer to a stream on your left. The climbing begins to kick in as you approach the Haystack Mountain Trail on the left. From here you will cross a dam and begin a much more aggressive climb. The terrain steepens considerably and the footing becomes much more eroded. Views begin to appear as you climb higher and top out at an open rock ledge.

2 months ago

It was well worth the hike.... The view was amazing!!!

hiking
3 months ago

a nice hike along the southern portion of Little Burn mountain and up the Little Ray Brook to the trail head. some historical sites from an old Sanitarium and reservoir...then the climb begins to get steep. a tuff little hill. It was pretty dry in August, but I can only imagine this slippery slope in the spring with the runoff -- could make this a very messy hike. The views from the top are mostly and southern overlooking the Ray Brook F.C.I, Ray Brook Pond and State Police Barracks and Scarface Mt., with a nice view of the High Peaks; and a beautiful eastern view of Mirror Lake, White face, Big Burn and Little John, and view of Dix and Giant . If you follow the Yellow pill DEC marker it will lead you north off the summit to the junction of Jackrabbit ski trail. ...overall a nice challenging 4 hour hike.

3 months ago

I'm surprised people said this was easy and not strenuous. The last mile was quite taxing and the view so so. I didn't enjoy it overall.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

We did this as part of the Saranac Lake 6er. Wasn't one of the most breath taking views we've seen but it was a nice hike. Some pretty waterfalls and things along the trail.

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hiking
1 year ago

we enjoyed the hike, great views from the top with 2 look out points along the trail. We took our dog and she loved it too! a few spots with water where our dog could drink and cool off a bit.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

We enjoyed hiking this trail- not too crowded. It has great forest views for the first couple of miles then a nice steep incline to the summit the last mile. The view is very rewarding at the top!
We clearly didn't read enough ahead of time but we were disappointed to find out, after the fact, that this was not Mount Haystack, one of the high peaks. It is a Saranac 6er though.

hiking
1 year ago

OK. Easy fast trail to warm up.

hiking
1 year ago

Set off early for this Saranac 6er via the Raybrook trailhead and was lucky enough to have the peak to myself and the wolf pack. The trail was still exceptionally muddy but fun! There were loads of perfect little swimming holes for the dogs through most of the hike. Loved the section where the trail meanders along the Mountain stream up to the small Dam. We'll definitely be redoing this in the Fall.

hiking
1 year ago

We climbed this mountain in the pouring rain, but it was still a very good hike with great views. I would rate it as easy to moderate, but it can get very hard at points. Their at three ways up, but we went up following the blue trail markers. Overall, this is a great trail, and the views are worth it. Also keep in mind that this is the 3rd tallest peak in New York, and is a 46er.

hiking
2 years ago

We did this as part of the Saranac 6er winter series on 12/22/13 and chose the Whiteface Lodge trailhead and then continued up the Jack Rabbit Trail to a bushwack up the backside of Haystack which reduced the elevation drop/gain and also the overall RT to miles. The hike is easy and the views from Haystack were amazing. The Jack Rabbit trail is a x-country ski trail so please be aware of trail conditions and use appropriate methods to prevent damage to the trail.

walking
4 years ago

Nice veiw ,no other people great1

hiking
4 years ago

This is a great trail located in Ray Brook, NY. This is a good hike if you want nice views and don't want to see crowds.

hiking
5 years ago

I did this as a summer hike in August 2011. I found it to be a most pleasant hike...nothing too strenuous. My favorite part of the hike, other than reaching the first outlook ledge and the summit, was crossing Little Ray Brook over the old dam.