Haystack Mountain Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1847 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

23 days ago

Excellent rolling trail for 2ish miles and then a steep vertical climb. Be wary after a rain though, the trail was exceptionally muddy and slick, especially closer to the summit

snowshoeing
1 month ago

1 month ago

absolutely beautiful hike. first 2 miles easy, last mile or so has a lot of gain, views are worth it! completed with my four year old son, took him all day to complete. beautiful waterfalls, look for plank to cross the brook at the final waterfall. my 4 year old is now halfway to a 6er!!

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2 months ago

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5 months ago

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!!!

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 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.

hiking
9 months ago

9 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.

10 months ago

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Completed

11 months ago

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

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.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016