Haystack Mountain

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Haystack Mountain is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westmore, Vermont that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
830 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

private property

At an elevation of 2712 feet, Haystack Mountain is located just outside of Willoughby State Forest in Westmore. The low, but rugged, peak is aptly named for its abrupt sides that climb steeply from all directions. The peak is accessible by two trails, the North Trail and South Trail, and offers excellent local views towards Long Pond, Bald Mountain and beyond in several directions. North Trail: Approximately 0.6 miles past the boat access at Long Pond, the North Trail on Haystack begins at a small parking area on Long Pond Road. Parking is limited, so please take care to keep the road clear. From the trailhead, the trail climbs moderately through open hardwoods for some time before ascending steeply onto the summit knoll and intersecting one of several short spur trails. To the right, a spur trail leads to a western lookout with views of Long Pond, Lake Willoughby and beyond. Continuing straight, North Trail soon reaches the summit (marked with a large rock pile) and the junction with the South Trail. South Trail: This trail leaves the summit of Haystack Mountain and soon reaches two lookouts, one to the east and one to the south. Continuing down the trail quickly drops into mixed woods and follows moderate grades back to Long Pond Road. From here, it is a short walk back to the North Trail parking area (approx. 1.2 mi.). SUMMARY: Haystack summit to Long Pond Road, approx. 1.0 mi., <1hr. (Rev. 1/2 hr.); Haystack Loop: North Trail to South Trail w/ Long Pond Rd. walk, approx. 3.0 mi., 2 hrs.

hiking
1 month ago

I went today after it rained quite a bit last night, that made coming back down interesting due to the steep grade being slippery. I went up the North trail, down the South and brought Long Pond Rd back to the car. It was well worth it. Breathtaking views, gorgeous day, fall colors! Would definitely do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

Solid hike for the time and distance. I hiked it with a 2 year old in a pack, and reached the summit in about 30 minutes (solid pace). The last stretch is quite steep and I saw a few folks pulling off for a rest. Going down (esp with a heavy pack) is slow due to the grade of that section. Overall great view, fun hike :)

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2 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Hiked the North Trail up and the South Trail down then took the road back to the car. Relatively easy hike with great views.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was short yet challenging - I did the full loop by going up the North Trail, checking out the views from multiple outlooks, then going down the South Trail and taking Long Pond Road back to my car. It had steep moments but everything was very dense and stable. A very wooded area with thick trees, only opens up at the outlook points. Some of the outlooks are a bit dangerous, so be sure to keep your dogs on their leashes and pay attention to children (there are signs warning this as well). A little muddy but was still early in the season.