Haystack Mountain Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Rupert, VT that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Wilmington, VT: Travel west on SR 9 for 1 mile. Turn right (north) onto Haystack Road. Travel to Chimney Hill Road and turn left. The road winds through a neighborhood for a little less than .5 mile. Turn right onto Binney Brook Road. Stay on Binney Brook until the road T's. Turn right onto Upper Dam Road and then an almost immediate left and proceed to the trailhead located on the right side of the road.
This is the Haystack Mountain in Pawlet, not Wilmington. This is a nice, short, challenging hike with nice 270-degree views. Trailhead can be tough to find.
I love Haystack because it was my 1st longer hike.
it was a steady uphill with some very rocky areas, but the view was worth it. interesting to see the changes in flora as you go.
Bad direction from the app. Get direction from Green Mountain Forest Ranger better.
I did this hike a few weeks ago, in a thunderstorm. The trail was very well maintained, and not too steep in parts. Although it was pouring down rain, we made it to the top and had great views, except for the fog and rain.
Amazing hike ! This is one of my favorite trails. Definitely a good workout. The mountain views at the top are breathtaking !
First off note this is not the Haystack in Wilmington, the trail is in Rupert/Pawlet. and the photos are from the 'other' Haystack not this one. Anyway the drive to the trail is is great, classic Vermont farms on route 30. You need to park at end of the road on Waite Hill Road and walk about 1/2 mile to the trail head (obey all the signs). Follow the markers to the top, great 360 views of southern Vermont. Great trail in winter also. Out and back was 3.2 miles and fairly easy.
Very nice trail, decent views at the top no good vistas before then. There is a crain on the trail that marks the turn off to the summit, in addition to trail marker(blue diamond). The main trail continues on to Mt Snow(becomes orange square marker). The weather was so perfect that after topping Mt Haystack) continued on to Mt Snow, the trail to Mt Snow was less used and boggy in parts but not that difficult (moderate).
This is not a loop trail, as part of it is closed off because of the Willinton VT watershed area.