Haystack Mountain Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
#30 of 177 trails in

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.

Pretty gentle incline. Trail is incredibly muddy (2017). Great views at the top.

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10 days ago

Muddy but worth it

11 days ago

Good views at the top!

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15 days ago

Hiked up after a week of straight rain fall, and was still raining. Did the jackrabbit trail up McKenzie and took the herd path up to Haystack, but had no views because of thick fog. Motto for the day "just keep swimming," very wet.

hiking
18 days ago

18 days ago

All the rain this season has made this trail into periodic swampitude. Real steep last ascent. Waterfalls and crisscrossing streams. If you have bad balance bring trekking poles.

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28 days ago

Mud made the hike more challenging on this date. Crossing dam in bare feet was quite therapeutic for our tired aching feet. Spectacular view at top.

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