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Seth MaciejowskiRoute Climbed: Range Trail Date Climbed: October 2000  Sucess!

Seth Maciejowski

Snowy fall day in october. We climbed from opalescent brook up to skylight and over marcy to Haystack then stayed at slant rock leanto in the valley. There was a lot of ice and snow making the going somewhat treacherous in spots. A great peak though with precipitous drops on all sides. Highly recommended.
Posted Oct 17, 2005 10:25 pm

fredscRoute Climbed: Range Trail: Haystack-Basin-Saddleback Date Climbed: July 31, 2005  Sucess!
On a beautiful day, this mountain is an undistilled joy to climb. The Little Haystack/Haystack combination works well aestheically because whichever one you're on gives you a hawk's eye view of the other. Don't be daunted by the dropoff between the two; it only takes 20-25 minutes to negotiate; if you've come a far as Little Haystack you might as well go for the big one. Panther Gorge is positively vertiginous; it drops off clean out of sight; you may want to shout out in fear - I did! The shear, vertical cliffs between Panther Gorge and Phelps trail are incredible - they look like the walls of a giant quarry - be sure to check them out. Being on Haystack gives you the best view of Marcy and Skylight anywhere. But the best thing of all that Haystack gives you is several hundred feet of mountain above the treeline, a weird and otherworldly experience, which for me is the gold standard of hiking.



The sole of my right hiking shoe became loose from the rest of the shoe during the approach up the Phelps Trail, making for a disconcerting flapping whenever I took a step. I considered tying it back together with a piece of rope, fearing I would get tripped up at some critical moment of rock scrambling, but ultimately just left it alone. I think the glue is drying out in my old boots. I'll just keep epoxying them back together.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 2:59 pm

woodstriderRoute Climbed: Phelps Trail Date Climbed: 8/24/96 and Feb 15, 99  Sucess!

woodstrider

Solo from The Garden side, both times
Posted Apr 28, 2005 4:25 pm

hillmanRoute Climbed: from the garden Date Climbed: 8-04  Sucess!

hillman

I love this peak.
Posted Sep 20, 2004 9:01 am

orandallRoute Climbed: trail Date Climbed: july 1992  Sucess!

orandall

First non-class1 trail peak - did it after Marcy - good times - until we took a wrong turn and accidentally did saddleback and basin too without water.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 2:14 pm

mikethehikerRoute Climbed: john brooks Date Climbed: may 2003  Sucess!

mikethehiker

A very good 2 day-hike with few people and a lot of snow in late may
Posted Feb 23, 2004 7:42 pm

climber46Route Climbed: ADK Range Trail; trail up the north side Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2001  Sucess!

climber46

In spite of the fact that it was getting late in the day, My friend and I continued our hike from Basin to Haystack because I told him I did not want to trek in from the Garden again just to get Haystack. So we plodded on, up a rocky trail, over little Haystack, and finally up the rest of Haystack, one of only a few ADK mountains that are truly above treeline. The views were outstanding but I ran out of film on Basin. We got back to the Garden over an hour after sunset.
Posted Aug 7, 2003 10:17 pm

mt10climberRoute Climbed: range trail Date Climbed: march 2 2003  Sucess!

mt10climber

overcast,wet drizzly day
Posted Mar 3, 2003 10:41 am

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