Haystack Mountain

Not to be confused with the High Peak Haystack, this little version offers a nice punch for the effort as well. From the trailhead start a mellow hike through an attractive forest and swing hard north and follow closer to an attractive babbling stream on your left. The climbing begins to kick in as you approach the Haystack Mountain Trail on the left. Now cross a dam and begin a much more aggressive climb toward Haystack Mountain. The terrain steepens considerably and the footing becomes much more difficult and slippery at times. Views begin to appear as you climb higher and top out at an open rock ledge. The views to the south on a clear day of the High Peaks is one to soak up and enjoy. 

Elevation: 

2874 feet

Ascent: 

1200 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

6.6 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids:    4 to 5 hours
  • Experienced Snowshoers:    3 to 4hours
  • Out of Shape Snowshoers:    4 to 5 hours

Trailhead Location: 

From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid follow Route 86 toward Saranac Lake. About 1-mile from the Lake Placid is the massive trailhead for the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness on the right. 

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Three: While not overly tough, it is a bit long and steep near the top. 

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