First time was at age 16 (just). I went back many times, including once with my wife 10 years later, and during many Great Range traverses.
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Last peak for me in a very long day - the 1200ft rise to Marcy just looked too tiring after 13 hours of hiking. Haystack's open, windy summit was a good one to finish on; wish my camera had captured the weird green tinge of the rocks.
Tagged Haystack as part of a one-day solo Great Range traverse from the Garden. Perfect weather, perfect view of Marcy and the Great Range. One of the finest views in the East.
Climbed at end of series starting from Ore Bed over Saddleback and Basin. Rain pelting me from Saddleback on. Beautiful day anyhow.
Great day for a winter ascent with Mike F. on his 46th! Deep snow, cloud cover, low temps, and high winds made for a great adventure. This was my second ascent of this peak - my first was in 1993 and Haystack was my first ascent of any high peak in the ADK. Beautiful mountain.
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.
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.
Solo from The Garden side, both times
I love this peak.
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.
A very good 2 day-hike with few people and a lot of snow in late may
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.
overcast,wet drizzly day