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Haystack Mountain
Wilmington, VT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below. "Summit" photos may in fact not be at the actual summit - but instead at the best nearby vista.

Haystack Mountain Trail

I started this hike relatively late in the day considering the time of the year (because I was busy watching the Three Stooges that morning). Though the trailhead was bare, there was snow at probably 2,500' in elevation and 2-3" on the summit of Haystack Mountain. The trail is easy to follow if you look for the blue markers and the occasional "top" arrow, however I missed one when going around a blowdown near the summit - the footprints in the snow eventually disappeared and I turned around a few hundred feet later after hitting some big mud pits.

The view from the summit is good, but not as good as nearby Mt. Snow.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Haystack Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: November 5, 2006
Hike Commenced: 12:00 PM
Parking Elevation: 2,416'
Destination: Haystack
Ascent Commenced: 12:00 PM
Summit Reached: 1:06 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 2,414'
Summit Elevation: 3,445'
Vertical Gain: 1,181'
Hike Ended: 2:13 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,233'

Trailhead on Upper Dam Road

Looking northeast over Haystack Pond

Directions to trailhead: Find Upper Dam Road in the Chimney Hill development (it's a maze). The Haystack Mountain Trail sign is toward the top of that road.

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