Ascent of Haystack Mountain on 2022-06-19

Climber: Crystal Davis

Date:Sunday, June 19, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Haystack Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2874 ft / 875 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked with Dan. Trail was dry and in good condition. The Jackrabbit trail has a lot more elevation gain than I expected. I mean, I researched it and saw that it did, but it still shocked me as it's known as a cross country ski trail. Dan and I would like to ski it, but using our uphill skis with skins. The long descent will be more fun with edges for sure.

We originally hiked up to Haystack from the Jackrabbit trail almost 8 years ago. At that point, it was pretty much a straight bushwhack. Now, the trail is well established and is very easy to follow. It has had some rerouting and some minor trail maintenance. What a difference!

Our original plan was to hike Colden from the Loj, however that was put off because of the high winds and cool temperatures. This trail was very well protected from the wind. McKenzie Pond had whitecaps on it from the high winds! The trail is mostly free from blowdown, not many rocks or roots. The grade is nice and gentle, made for a quick return to the parking area.

Started at parking area on McKenzie Pond Road: 11:28AM
Cairn marking herd path up to Haystack: 3.5 miles at 12:55PM
Summit of Haystack Mountain: 4.0 miles at 1:11PM
Headed down: 4.1 miles at 1:41PM
Junction with Jackrabbit trail: 4.5 miles at 1:56PM
Junction with trail over to McKenzie Pond: 6.0 miles at 2:26PM
McKenzie Pond: 6.1 miles at 2:30PM
Parking area: 8.3 miles at 3:23PM
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1296 ft / 395 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1287 ft / 392 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1296 ft / 395 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Jackrabbit trail to herd path to Haystack
    Start Trailhead:McKenzie Pond Road  1578 ft / 480 m
    Time:1 Hours 43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1287 ft / 392 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Haystack herd path to McKenzie Pond to PA via Jack
    End Trailhead:McKenzie Pond Road  1587 ft / 483 m
    Time:1 Hours 42 Minutes

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