Ascent of Haystack Mountain on 2013-08-16

Climber: Mark Prier

Others in Party:Melissa Creasey
Date:Friday, August 16, 2013
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

Arrived at the TH at around 7 am. A car and a van were already there, with only one other party registered at the TH. We never saw anybody going up.

Hike was pleasant, with the steeper sections alternating nicely with level ones. There's a nice ledge with good views before you reach the summit, which is marked with a yellow "End of Trail" disc. The summit is roughly half bald, allowing lots of great views of the mountains around you.

Another pair of hikers appeared while we were relaxing on the summit and having something to eat. From here on in, there were quite a few folks heading up to Haystack's summit, and then descending to go on to McKenzie. We gave advice where we could, and descended the same way we had come up. We took our time coming down and went off-trail here and there to look at various trees and plants.

My last 6er hike. I went right into town afterwards and got my certificate, sticker, and badge, meeting Saranac Lake's mayor and chatting with town staff. I rang the bell at the village green and felt satisfied.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1158 ft / 352 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1158 ft / 352 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1158 ft / 352 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 4.9 km
    Route:Haystack/McKenzie trail, then Haystack Summit trai
    Start Trailhead:Haystack & McKenzie Mountains TH on NY 86 near Ray  1716 ft / 523 m
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1158 ft / 352 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.4 km
    Route:Haystack Summit trail, then Haystack/McKenzie Moun
    End Trailhead:Haystack & McKenzie Mountains TH on NY 86 near Ray  1716 ft / 523 m
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes

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