Haystack Mountain Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmington, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.
The trail starts out at a decent incline with lots of large gravel but soon after taking a left toward the summit, you're on a more rocky-rooty trail. It rained yesterday and snowed earlier in the week so it was pretty wet and we took our sweet time since it was a little slippery. Part of the trail is quite flooded right now with a little snow here and there (I've posted some photos) but we stuck to the sides and hopped rocks, our feet staying dry. We actually really enjoyed hiking through the water and once we took a right toward the summit, the trail was much drier but still a bit slippery and muddy. There is moss everywhere on this part of the trail and it felt like a place where hobbits and fairies reside! The smell of spruce filled our nostrils and the views were fantastic despite peak foliage season being over. This summit area is a small clearing with a few boulders and if you scurry over a large gap between boulders toward your right, there are more great views through the trees! I give this one a rating of four only because of the large gravel section in the beginning and we did find (and pick up) a few pieces of trash left behind. Totally recommend this hike but definitely wear proper water resistant/proof footwear!
Saw interesting rocks, mushrooms, and some birds. It was a very foggy day, so I missed out on the summit view, but the fog also made for a beautiful hike.
A nice hike with different terrains. A beautiful view at the top. Definitely easy and good for all ages. Dogs mostly off leash and happy. The first part of the trail is rocky but as soon as you turn into the forest the trail is satisfying and changes. The top view is small but a great view! Also beware of copperheads at tool. We saw 3 sunning on the the trees at the top, so keep your dogs leashed!!
Nice trail and nice view
Decent trail. Took about 50-60 minutes up.
My hiking partner agreed a decent hike with varied terrain bring a snack to the summit and enjoy the view