Haystack Mountain Trail

Wilmington, Vermont

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There are at least three Haystack Mountains in Vermont with trails on them: one to the far north near Jay Peak, one near Lake Willoughby (also north), and the other to the far south by Mount Snow. The trail described here is the southernmost one. From a skier’s point of view, Haystack Mountain, a satellite ski area to giant Mount Snow, is of little consequence. But from a hiker’s point of view, Haystack offers more dog-friendly hiking, particularly since Mount Snow’s trail system is a mecca for mountain bikers. The hike up the Haystack Mountain Trail is primarily wooded and relatively gradual the entire way, making it a perfect hike for pups and older dogs.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)

There are at least three Haystack Mountains in Vermont with trails on them: one to the far north near Jay Peak, one near Lake Willoughby (also north), and the other to the far south by Mount Snow. The trail described here is the southernmost one. From a skier’s point of view, Haystack Mountain, a satellite ski area to giant Mount Snow, is of little consequence.

But from a hiker’s point of view, Haystack offers more dog-friendly hiking, particularly since Mount Snow’s trail system is a mecca for mountain bikers. The hike up the Haystack Mountain Trail is primarily wooded and relatively gradual the entire way, making it a perfect hike for pups and older dogs.

© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wilmington
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 1,020 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Green Mountain National Forest - Manchester District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Snow
Driving Directions: Directions to Haystack Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

1/17/2010
0

We snowshoed this hike. It was like a winter wonderland especially the last climb to the top which is a small track overhung with fir trees. Beautiful!


11/20/2007
0

A really nice hike. The directions to get there are a little confusing though. Take the road towards Chimney Hill and then you'll see Chimney Hill Rd. The trail was covered in a light coating of snow when we went up which made keeping on it a little easier since we could just follow the footprints. Keep a sharp eye out for the blue diamond trail markers as they are few and far between and the turn off just before the top was hard to find so look carefully after you traverse the muddy stream area. Overall, a terrific hike and a beautiful view from the top.


11/27/2006
0

Hiked up Haystack Mountain on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I took my two year old Chocolate Lab for an enjoyable walk in the woods. I found the trail in very good condition. There were some icy spots toward the summit but in general just a nice hike. Great 180 degree view from the top...cold and windy. I thought this was a great first mountain for my dog who can sometimes be a bit hyper when out in the woods. From the car to the summit and back was just about 3 hours.



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