Haystack Mountain Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ray Brook, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
It's a moderate hike. The last one mile is a little steep. The summit requires snowshoes.
It was well worth the hike.... The view was amazing!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OK. Easy fast trail to warm up.