Haystack Mountain Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ray Brook, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,758 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

hiking
3 days ago

Wonderful hike! good views and great trails. SUPER BUGGY! bring bug spray!

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muddy
10 days ago

Awesome trail! Went up with our dog today which he handled well. A little buggy at parts but overall an awesome hike. Some mud as well but easy to get around/through.

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bugs
10 days ago

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bugs
16 days ago

walking
19 days ago

Beautiful hike. Filled with diverse scenery. Nothing too hard or crazy, but you will definitely be burning some calories during this hike. Overlook was beyond beautiful. Definite recommend!

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washed out
20 days ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful trail that I would do again anytime. Diversity in scenery and a lot to enjoy. Muddy and icy at times but nothing too intense- adding to the adventure.

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snow
1 month ago

This was a fun hike. The water flowing from the dam made it a nice hike. We hiked to Haystack and took the JackRabbit trail back to the junction with Mackenzie. Beautiful sunny day. Little ice and snow. The trail down was snowy and a flowing stream was a nice change of scenery. Lots of easier trails to the dam, steep at the end with a little bear crawl for me.

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muddy
1 month ago

Like the other reviews say, the first couple miles of the hike aren't too difficult. The last mile gets quite steep and there were still some areas with ice to hike around. We did ok with our hiking shoes/sneakers but parts of the trail were pretty muddy. The top portion of the hike needs more trail markers so keep your eyes open for markers. Nice view at the top!

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rocky
1 month ago

First 2 miles of this trail is a leisurely walk. The last mile is where you have to work. Very steep and all of your elevation will be gained in this last mile. Pay attention to the trail markers because they’re few and far between. Don’t be alarmed if you see white markers, it’s still the right trail. Crampons were not needed for the last .3 although it was a little bit icy and snowy.

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washed out
2 months ago

Many stream crossings, but lots of rocks to step on. Lost the trail a few times, especially on the steep part of the climb.

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blowdown
2 months ago

Une agréable boucle à faire en hiver. On a monté par le côté plus raide. La descente jusqu'au sentier Jack Rabbit et le retour à l'auto par le sentier du mont McKenzie se fait tout en douceur.

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snow
3 months ago

Great trail. Moderate for the first 2 miles and then gets pretty interesting last mile to summit. Microspikes are an absolute necessity. Took us 4 hours round trip with only a brief stop at summit due to no visibility and strong winds.

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4 months ago

Great trail. Crampons an absolute must. Took us 4.5hrs total, heading to the summit through the shortest half of the loop (left, clockwise) and doubling back. Even our adult husky needed a little push up the icy rocky scramble! Only met one other hiker. The trail starts close to the highway and stays close to it for a while, so you hear the cars quite a bit, could be bothersome to some. Summit is super nice, quiet and eerie.

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