Haystack Mountain (Montana-- Chinese Wall) Climber's Log

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MTBiggun - Sep 5, 2021 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2021

Chinese Wall Top  Sucess!

After having visited the wall two times now I have found that there is some post that may give future hikers some not so good of information as I see it.
1. Indian Point is not the best place for a base camp.

The bottom of the wall closest hike is roughly 20 miles from there to Moose Creek.

The top of the wall via White River Pass is 15 miles from the junction to Haystack or 32 miles round trip from Indian point.

Either way you are better getting to at least Grizzly Gulch for bottom or the camp spot at just below White River Pass on the Sun River side.

We decided to bush wack our way from the Sun river side, but not all the way to White River Pass.

At the camp spot, about ¾ a mile from the pass on the Sun River side there is what I believe the original trail to the pass located due West out of the camp site that goes above the now used trail. It is also a better trail since it’s not tore up by horses. You will want to climb the peak directly behind this trail and there is a notch between the White River pass and this peak. Hike the trail until you are basically inline with this notch and head towards the notch. There is a game trail of sorts that leads up the ridge you can take. Once you hit the top you will have the wall in front of you and can walk the ridge towards Haystack if you want. This route is only about 6 miles to a very good view at the first crux mentioned in a different blog. This cuts off a bunch of miles.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jan 21, 2016 9:23 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2015

Atop the Wall at Last  Sucess!

For a long time, I had wanted not just to see the Wall but to stand atop it as well. The previous day, I hiked north along the base of the Wall but could not find a scrambling route up Cliff Mountain. But the next day, despite gloomier weather, I went up Haystack.

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