Haystack Mountain via Colby M. Chester Memorial Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Haystack Mountain via Colby M. Chester Memorial Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pawlet, Vermont that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

Generations of Pawlet families – and visitors from around the world – have climbed the steep slopes to the top of Haystack Mountain to take in the spectacular 360-degree views of Bald and Middle Mountains, the north-south forested hills and the serene Mettowee Valley. This preserve features a series of rounded, forested peaks in the northern Taconic Mountains, clustered in an extensive landscape of unbroken forest. Locals call Haystack, Middle and Bald Mountains the Three Sisters. Warm southern aspect and shallow soils produce drought-like conditions on the hills and promote the growth of several unusual natural communities, including dry oak woodlands and dry oak-hickory-hophornbeam forests. Turkeys, grouse and bobcats roam the rocky landscape. Peregrine falcons sometimes nest on the cliffs of Haystack. These forested hills also provide nesting habitat for neotropical migrant songbirds that rely on unfragmented forest blocks.

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16 days ago

We had perfect conditions and a nice fall day . This was what you would expect for a moderate trail. Fairly well marked, stunning 360’ view from the top!!

18 days ago

Such a rewarding hike! Amazing views at the top

1 month ago

Beautiful hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Definitely moderate
Summit was beautiful. I did the hike with my 11yr old twins and dog

hiking
1 month ago

not well marked but all in all good hike. summit has a breathtaking view.

hiking
2 months ago

A short but challenging hike. My personal favorite trail in the area. The view alone is worth the effort to get to the top!

3 months ago

3 months ago

Short hike for such an awesome view. Nothing too difficult on the way up. The trail is easy to follow

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3 months ago

Easy walk up a farm road with Angus cows mooing at you. Trail starts about a 1/4 mile up on the left. Easy walk until you cross the brook, then steep and roots and rocks from there up to the top. Beautiful New York and Southern Green Mountains views.

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3 months ago

4 months ago

Fun hike, great views!

5 months ago

5 months ago

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6 months ago

Great little mountain! You must park along the road and hike up a road to the beginning of the trailhead along a Farmer's property. The first stream bed is riddled with shale and the water clarity is out of control beautiful. The hike is steep but short and the summit has very near 360° views. West Mountain ski center is visible as well as all of Granville and the Mettowee valley. Lake Saint Catherine can be seen behind the trees as you face north. Eastern views show you the road you walked in on and beyond. The lack of light pollution in the Mettowee valley would make this a tremendous hike for stargazing.

7 months ago

1st Vermont hike

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11 months ago

Worth the climb!