Haystack Mountain Trail

MODERATE 135 reviews

Haystack Mountain Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmington, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles
1,026 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers



5 days ago

1 month ago

I would give this more stars, but when we went in May the black flies were brutal. We ended up sprinting up and down the trail and didn't have much time to stand still and take in the views. The view was incredible and would like to have more time next time to take it in without the flies

3 months ago

Lots of reviews talking about hearing large animals. those are Moose. I hiked up earlier today, there was about 8 inches of snow at the top, less at the bottom. There were moose tracks on the trail, lots of them, the last half mile to the top.

The trees at the top are probably the prettiest trees I've ever seen in the snow.

4 months ago

Good hike for the whole family. Steady incline. Went in early October, great for fall foliage. Very muddy and wet, wear waterproof shoes/boots. Good view at the top. Parents, children, and dog all had a great time.

4 months ago

Steep and rocky, muddy at points. Heard a bigger animal and saw trees moving in the same area on the way up and back, hightailed it for a bit after that. Great hike overall.

4 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views along the way and at the top. Only took us 2.5 hours. Perfect views for fall foliage.

5 months ago

Nice hike with a rewarding view at the top. Out and back in under 3hours is totally do-able. Next time. I'll brinf my kids.

6 months ago

Steep hike and rocky in many places, narrow paths, muddy but it's a great workout and so worthy to get to the summit. Very satisfying and such a fantastic view at the top. Want to do this in fall!!

6 months ago

Great hike with wonderful views! It is my go to hike when family visits and wants to go.

6 months ago

Great view at the top (though there are trees so it's not 360). We went when there was a ton of rain so the trail got flooded (we were literally creek hiking so the return was slippery). There's a lot of rocks on this trail so you have to wear good shoes. I would also definitely make sure you are wearing hiking gear because we saw a couple snakes at the top (so don't sit idly at the top...they creep up behind you! lol). Otherwise, this was just amazing. It took us 2 and a half hours total to hike and 30 minutes at the top so we spent 3 hours there.

10 months ago

Don't bother going there in the winter. There were no parking signs until April 30th on every side street, so we had to bail because we couldn't find a place to park.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Trailhead was easy to find and did not use a map for this hike which was fine because the path was clearly marked with trail markers. I felt like the incline was not to strenuous, but it definitely brought my heart rate up! Went on a rainy day so unfortunately there wasn't any view at the top, but I would totally do this hike again!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

An easy going hike with a stunning view.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

a great little hike. 2 miles up, 2 miles down. Enough elevation to give you a little sweat. Summit is quite beautiful. definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. Use the directions from the All trails app to get to the trail head. even the drive up is beautiful.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The AllTrails app placed us right to the trailhead. A great day for a hike through a very rocky trail. The blue blazes were not as plentiful as I am used to but the well worn path made following the trail a no-brainer. The trail was heavily trafficked due to the fall foliage. Had a beautiful lunch with my wife at the summit; a win-win time.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Nice moderate trail. No hand holds needed to reach summit. Noticed ankle turns more than usual due to loose rocks on trail. Others in group noticed the same. Trail signs good. Trail maps on trail not so good.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Easy to find trailhead. You go steadily up through the woods until you reach the top. Pretty overlook! Trail was well maintained and easy to follow.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Friday, September 08, 2017

Really nice trail, but I'd definitely call this more than "moderate". Plenty of uphill loose rock sections, followed by loose tree roots. All in all about 75-90mins up to the peak. Well worth the climb!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Great short day hike. Challenging up, easy down. Awesome views at the summit. Take some cheese and crackers and vino to nosh on. Summer hike.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fun trail with a great view at the top.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Muddy, but nice view at the top

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A perfect hike. A total of 4 miles, 2 out and 2 back. It poured the night before and morning of, and the trail was in good condition. Little mud, Lots of rock and an unbelievable view at the summit. Taking our time it was about a 2 hour and 15 minute hike. Would highly recommend for anything not looking to kill themselves, but get a solid workout. Saw a number of people and dogs!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Moderate hike. Easy to follow trail. Beautiful views!!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Very easy to follow, great views. Extremely muddy, very buggy

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Very buggy so if you have anything that works against those nasty little black flies bring it! Also quite a few very wet spots that we had to work around so boots is recommended rather than shoes at least until it dries out a bit. The terrain varied quite a bit and was challenging in some spots so the hike never got boring. The view at the end made the bugs and wetness worth it!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great hike. Make sure you bring your bug spray! View at the end is well worth it!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A fun hike with panoramic views at the top.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

for a 3000 footer, it was a short trail. great views from the summit and the trail was clearly marked. the only downside was that it was very muddy at times.

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