Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views
This has a nice and easy start. The steep part is challenging and rewarding, and the view at the top is quite nice.
Haystack Mountain Trail makes a few turns leading through different forest types until reaching the summit trail junction. Turn left and follow the blue blazes, again making a few more turns until the trail reaches the summit. From the partially wooded summit, some views include Haystack Pond and Mt. Pisgah (Mt. Snow) to the north, Harriman Reservoir to the south, and large windmills to the southwest. The summit, from different locations, also has many great views of bordering mountains.
NOTE: Here, only the details of the trail to Mount Haystack are shown. If you want to do both peaks (McKenzie and Haystack), see the McKenzie Mountain & Haystack Mountain