Mount Haystack

Mount Haystack is in the Great Range of the Adirondack High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. It is the third highest peak in the state, after Algonquin Peak and Mount Marcy. It gets its name from the resemblance of its rounded, conical peak to a haystack. Despite this and the incredible views offered from its bare, alpine summit, it is not visited by many hikers outside of aspiring members of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers; it is rather remote from the nearest trailhead and the approach from either direction is steep and challenging. The most frequent approach if Haystack is the main goal is to follow the Johns Brook Trail from the popular Garden parking area in Keene Valley to the Phelps Trail and then use Shorey's Short Cut to get over to the Range Trail. It is possible to combine this with an attempt on Marcy itself, but that makes for a long day and the approach from Panther Gorge is even steeper than that from the north. Some hikers come along the Great Range itself, making the peak their last stop before Marcy itself, or combine it with neighboring Basin and Saddleback. One of the most famous elements of Haystack is the infamous "Devil's Half Mile". This stretch, which is technically three-fourths of a mile, is the extremely steep last stretch of the trail. The reward is what many peak connoisseurs choose as the finest summit in the Adirondacks.

Mount Haystack SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by scott

37 people report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Dec 1, 2013. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are State Range Trail, Phelps Trail from JBL, Haystack Trail From Range Trail and Haystack and Range trails.

Others who’ve claimed Mount Haystack

  • snodough
  • zChris
  • pietroka
  • corrigan
  • ffred
  • dmath
  • RunningWolf
  • william.adamczak
  • loonee1
  • jameslkennedy
  • Ryme

Routes Used trails & approaches

26% State Range Trail

18% Phelps Trail from JBL, Haystack Trail From Range Trail

13% Haystack and Range trails

10% from the Gardens to Johns Brook Lodge

5% Bartlett Ridge

5% Elk Lake-Marcy Trail, Bartlett Ridge Trail

5% From Basin

5% Phelps, State Range & Haystack trails

2% Haystack trail

2% From Feldspar lean-to

2% To Basin

2% To Keene Valley

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Elevation

4,960 ft / 1,512 m

Prominence

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Height Rank Range

Adirondack Mountains

Location

New York, United States

Claimed by

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  • scott
  • snodough
  • spencernowak
  • zChris
  • HikeNY
  • adkapple
  • Holmes
  • pietroka
  • PJSelmer
  • corrigan
  • king2756
  • MooseHiker

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