Haystack Mountain Trail is a 5 mile heavily 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.

Length5.0 miElevation gain1,010 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewswild-flowersWildlifeBugsRocky
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Lilia Wills
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Gorgeous

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Chris Widuta
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Alyssa Mercaldi
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I recommend wearing snow shoes! I didn’t and it was tough. My friend wasn’t able to make it but somehow I did. The views are amazing!

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Jared Manzola
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Ineffably beautiful the entire way up. Snow was packed down enough that I didn’t need snowshoes or micro spikes.

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Gabi Cerra
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HikingIcySnow

We did the hike right after a fresh snow...bad idea. The snow was around two feet and we walked all the way up, got soaked, all to get to the summit and see no view because it had started snowing and clouds rolled in. But by the looks of other peoples photos, it looks like a beautiful hike so I’ll have to come back. Check the weather before you go.

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Kaitlyn Graves
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Way more packed down than I thought it would be. I did it with micro spikes but I could have done without. The ice on the trees is absolutely beautiful.

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Sarah McTague
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Great trail! Lots of snow now so if you have snowshoes, would highly recommend them! Still really nice to get out in some fresh snow and hike, even if we couldn’t see the view at the top with all the clouds and the snow coming down!

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Kira Begnoche
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HikingIcySnow

I’ve only hiked this trail during the winter. I didn’t need spikes or snow shoes. However it might have made the trek down a little easier. Once you start to get to the top the ice covering the trees makes it seem like you’ve stepped into another world. It was definitely worth the view.

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MacKenzie Grenier
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Trail is quite packed down but a bit icy. I went up without micro spikes, so it’s doable, but definitely recommend them as they would likely make the trek up and down a bit easier. The ice on the tree branches was breathtaking—like walking in a winter wonderland lol. Overall the trail is fun, quick, and a great winter hike if you get the chance! Went up on a clear sunny day and the landscape is just stunning.

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Luke Goldthwaite
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Great after fresh snow

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Liz V
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Absolutely stunning ! Really quick and easy, didn’t use spikes. I recommend this as a winter hike! Also, we saw a moose.

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Lee Shelley
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Very nice, moderate hike. It was a bit cloudy at the top but a beautiful day. Microspikes are highly recommended.

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David Rosen
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Incredibly icy. Not as much fun as we hoped

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Lilia Wills
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Great hike

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Joe Barszcz
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Icy and snowy. But a great hike.

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Kora Andrew
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We forgot to turn back on the gps at the top. It was gorgeous and clear. All the pines were heavy with snow. Wide trails and quite an easy hike! Bring your spikes, but not an absolute necessity!

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Gabrielle Griffin
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Trail was well marked and only muddy in a few spots but easy enough to avoid. Beautiful day and stunning view from Haystack Summit.

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Wilson Cardoza
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Nick Demberger
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Nick Demberger
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Lynne Carr
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HikingFloodedMuddy

This is a very wet trail. It’s muddy in most places. Where it isn’t muddy, you’re walking in a shallow creek. Waterproof shoes are a must. Hiking poles helpful. Fun trail.

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Christina K
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Really nice trail! A bit rocky toward the top but the change in terrain throughout the hike was nice.

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Paul Hopper
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K B
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HikingMuddy

Definitely very muddy in places, but still passable. We went on a Monday afternoon and only saw about 10 people. I’m a hiking newbie so this gave me a workout, but it was fun to do!

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Jonathan Saweikis
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Samantha McMillan
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Great hike but the summit is small and can get over crowded very simply. It is worth the view though. Trail was muddy so waterproof high tops should do. The trail maker is blue but you lose it about 1.2 into the trail but then you’ll see ribbons around trees to guide the way. Overall good hike for the day. I would stick toward the morning or later afternoon for less people.

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Jessica Bauer
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HikingFloodedMuddyRocky

Great, short, and relatively easy hike. Only challenge is that the trail is pretty wet and muddy, and follows a creek bed. Wear waterproof boots and bring poles and you’ll be Gucci. Nice lil summit viewz to the east. Recommend you get an early start because the trailhead gets crowded by 10 or 11am on weekends.

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