Haystack Mountain Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews

Haystack Mountain Trail is a 3.9 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.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1007 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
6 months ago

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!

hiking
6 months ago

An easy going hike with a stunning view.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous!

hiking
8 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun trail with a great view at the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Muddy, but nice view at the top

10 months ago

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!!

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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!

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

A fun hike with panoramic views at the top.

11 months ago

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.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

great hike while it's was snowing.. very icy near top tho..

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Great Hike

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

The trail starts out at a decent incline with lots of large gravel but soon after taking a left toward the summit, you're on a more rocky-rooty trail. It rained yesterday and snowed earlier in the week so it was pretty wet and we took our sweet time since it was a little slippery. Part of the trail is quite flooded right now with a little snow here and there (I've posted some photos) but we stuck to the sides and hopped rocks, our feet staying dry. We actually really enjoyed hiking through the water and once we took a right toward the summit, the trail was much drier but still a bit slippery and muddy. There is moss everywhere on this part of the trail and it felt like a place where hobbits and fairies reside! The smell of spruce filled our nostrils and the views were fantastic despite peak foliage season being over. This summit area is a small clearing with a few boulders and if you scurry over a large gap between boulders toward your right, there are more great views through the trees! I give this one a rating of four only because of the large gravel section in the beginning and we did find (and pick up) a few pieces of trash left behind. Totally recommend this hike but definitely wear proper water resistant/proof footwear!

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Saw interesting rocks, mushrooms, and some birds. It was a very foggy day, so I missed out on the summit view, but the fog also made for a beautiful hike.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

A nice hike with different terrains. A beautiful view at the top. Definitely easy and good for all ages. Dogs mostly off leash and happy. The first part of the trail is rocky but as soon as you turn into the forest the trail is satisfying and changes. The top view is small but a great view! Also beware of copperheads at tool. We saw 3 sunning on the the trees at the top, so keep your dogs leashed!!

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Nice trail and nice view

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Decent trail. Took about 50-60 minutes up.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

My hiking partner agreed a decent hike with varied terrain bring a snack to the summit and enjoy the view

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Beautiful hike! Parking is on the street near the entrance. Hike up a moderate to steep gravel road/path to the trailhead. Great trail through the woods at a moderate incline, sometimes level. After the sign that says "Haystack summit .3 miles" you will come to a fork near the top. If you go left, you will end up on a rock without a view. Go right at the fork to see the lovely vista. Explore the narrow trail leading off of the vista to the right, and get another nice view.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Great hike. Well marked and easy enough for kids to do it.

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