Haystack Mountain Trail Blue

Adirondack Park, New York

Elevation Gain1,942ft
Trailhead Elevation1,653ft
Elevation Min/Max1605/2876ft
Elevation Start/End1653/1653ft

Haystack Mountain Trail Blue

Haystack Mountain Trail (Blue) is a hiking trail in Essex County, New York. It is within McKenzie Mountain Wilderness and Adirondack Park. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 1,653 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,942 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near Haystack Mountain (elevation 2,864 feet). This trail connects with the following: Mckenzie Mountain Trail (Red) and Herd Path.

Haystack Mountain Trail (Blue) Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills (The Mountaineers Books)
Bill Ingersoll
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"What makes this a difficult hike is the steep final pitch to the summit, as well as a handful of stream crossings that could be an obstacle if not fully frozen. Beyond that, this 3.3-mile hike to a modest-sized mountain west of Lake Placid is a great climb through birch-filled woods, with a view from the top that takes in much of the High Peaks region in one sweeping vista."
Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore Ballard
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"It’s a pleasant hike to open ledges with a view of over two dozen of the High Peaks. Not to be confused with the 4,960-foot giant, third highest in the Adirondacks, that is often paired with Mount Marcy by ambitious 46-ers, this Haystack Mountain in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness is a relatively easy climb to views of the 4,000-footers."

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Trail Information

Adirondack Park
Nearby City
McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Northville-Placid Trail
Local Contacts
Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): McKenzie Mountain
Local Maps

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