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Haystack Mountain

 
Haystack Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.49932°N / 109.24679°W

Object Title: Haystack Mountain

County: San Juan/Grand

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 11641 ft / 3548 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Oct 7, 2014 / Oct 19, 2017

Object ID: 916651

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Overview


Northwest face of Haystack Mountain, from Moab, Utah




Haystack Mountain rises in the La Sal Mountains of eastern Utah near the town of Moab. It sits directly to the north of the 10538 ft Geyser Pass, one of the two passes that divide the La Sal Mountains into 3 distinct groups.

La Sal Mountains have twelve peaks that rise above 12000 ft. At 11641 ft, Haystack Mountain is not one of the highest peaks of the range but the fact that it sits at the western edge of the mountains makes it appear as a prominent peak when viewed from the town of Moab.

The easiest way to reach the summit of Haystack Mountain is to start at Geyser Pass. There is no trail and a short distance must be bushwhacked through a spruce forest. If you want more vertical gain, you can start at the 8780 ft Oowah Lake and follow a trail to Geyser Pass before tackling the summit of Haystack Mountain.



West face of Haystack Mountain, from Geyser Pass Road





Southwest face of Haystack Mountain, from La Sal Loop Road









Haystck Mountain
 
Haystack Mountain & Colorado River
 
Haystack Mountain, northwest face
 

Getting There

From downtown Moab follow Route 191 eight miles south to a connecting road on the west/left at mile marker 118 (You may see signs for La Sal Loop Road). Turn left on this road. After half a mile, turn right/south on Spanish Valley Drive. This road will eventually become La Sal Loop Road. After 20 miles from Moab, turn right onto Geyser Pass Road; a dirt road that is passable by most vehicles. At 28 miles from Moab, you reach Geyser Pass. Parking is available at the pass.


Geyser Pass Road
Geyser Pass Road

Route, from Geyser Pass

Haystack Mountain Map
Map



Elevation at Starting Point: 10540 ft
One Way Distance per my GPS: 1.6 miles

At geyser pass, I was surrounded by trees with no view of the mountains. Hiked a very short distance east on the road and turned left onto a 4 wheel drive road. Saw a signed trailhead for a trail coming there from Oowah Lake. The road split again. Right went downhill to Burro Pass. I knew that aerial photos had shown that the road straight went a short distance up Burro Ridge and dead ended in the forest. I now had a view of Haystack Mountain to the northwest. Left the road and hiked a grassy area between Aspen forest to the left and Spruce Forest to the right toward Haystack. Free roaming cattle were everywhere.

Haystack Mountain
Haystack Mountain


Mt Tukuhnikivatz & Mellenthin were visible to the south.

Mt. Tukuhnikivatz & Little Tuk
Mt. Tukuhnikivatz & Little Tuk

Mt. Mellenthin
Mt. Mellenthin


Mountain slopes and red canyonlands were seen to the west.

Spanish Valley Cliffs & Canyonlands
Cliffs of Spanish Valley

On the slopes of Haystack Mountain
 

From the slopes of Haystack Mountain
 


I then reached a spruce forest and had no choice but to enter this forest bushwhacking my way toward Haystack. Fallen trees made the progress very slow. Once I exited the forest after 20-30 minutes, I was at the base of the summit of Haystack.

Summit of Haystack Mountain
Base of the summit


There was nothing but steep debris field all the way to the summit. To my delight, the debris felt pretty stable despite the very steep slope.

Haystack Mountain
 

Steep
 


Views from the summit:

Castle Valley
Castle Valley

Looking north
Looking north

Pilot & Green Mountains
Pilot & Green Mountains

Manns Peak
Manns Peak

Looking SW
Looking SW

Looking west
Looking west

Moab, Utah
Moab, looking NW

Mt. Tomasaki
Mt. Tomasaki
Mt. Mellenthin
Mt. Mellenthin
Mt. Tukuhnikivatz & Little Tuk
Mt. Tukuhnikivatz









Red Tape

No permits or fees required.

When to Climb

Summer.

Images

Haystack MountainLooking northHaystack MountainOn the slopes of Haystack MountainHaystack MountainMt. MellenthinMt. Tukuhnikivatz & Little Tuk
Mt. TomasakiHaystack Mountain, northwest faceHaystack MountainHaystack MountainSummit of Haystack MountainSpanish Valley Cliffs & CanyonlandsManns Peak
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