Mt. Haystack

Haystack from a viewpoint after the junction

Haystack from Marcy


The rock on Little Haystack and Mt. Haystack has a yellow-green color found also on the North side of Mt. Marcy. This summit offers very fine views to the West at Mt. Marcy, Mt. Skylight and to the East at Basin Mt., Saddleback Mt. and Gothics. The shortest trail begins at The Garden near Keene Valley. It's a 28 km distance for the whole trip using the Phelps Trail. The Garden's parking area is at 2,6 km from Keene Valley. In September, this parking is full before 8h30 and you must park in Keene Valley. There are many rustic camping areas along the Phelps Trail that allowed reducing the length of a trip to Mt. Haystack. The most popular ones are: two ones near DEC Interior Outpost, one just after JBL and the Bushnell Falls one.