Haystack Mountain is low but rugged and steep on all sides. The peak is accessible from the north and the south and offers views towards Long Pond, Bald Mountain, and beyond.
North Trail: (0.9 miles) The trail begins with a moderate climb through an open hardwood forest then the slope becomes steeper as it leads up to a knoll. The trail comes to an intersection with a spur trail that offers views of Long Pond and Lake Willoughby. Continuing straight, the North Trail soon reaches the summit (marked with a large rock pile) and converges with the South Trail.
South Trail: (1.0 miles) From the road, this trail climbs a moderate grade through a mixed forest. As the trail approaches the top there are two lookout opportunities with fantastic views.
The North and South Trails can be combined and connected using the Long Pond Road to form a longer hiking loop (3.1 miles).
For more information about the trails, visit the Northwoods Stewardship Center online or contact:
Head north on VT-5A. Turn right onto Long Pond Road and proceed for 2.5 mile. There is roadside parking at the trailhead for the North Trail.
Continue on Long Pond Road for an additional 1.2 miles to roadside parking for the trailhead for the South Trail.
Please note that Long Pond Road south of Long Pond is maintained as a Class IV road and may not be passable with low clearance vehicles. It is not maintained in the winter.
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