Lake George

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Lake George - from Tongue Mtn Range - 11/11/2011

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Haystack Mountain VT - 1/1/12

Haystack Mountain in Pawlet Vermont is a great 2 hour hike.  It is 3 miles round trip and the trail leads you to the summit with a fantastic 360 degree view.

What a difference from our morning hike on Equinox Mountain where we were in the fog and snow with no view.  We began our ascent of Haystack at 1:15 PM and were on the summit in an hour.  The sun was out and it had warmed up into the 40's.  With no breeze, it felt almost like summer.

We lingered on the summit for about 45 minutes and then returned to the car at 4 PM.
Haystack Mountain from Route 30 in Pawlet

1/2 mile walk on Tunket Road to get to the Trail Head

Leaving Tunket Road at the Trail Head

The Nature Conservancy owns and manages a portion of this trail area

The trail sign in register

The view south from the summit

Looking SW

The summit

Looking NW

Mike hopping around on the summit

The summit

Interesting rock

Sad to see this on a few trees on the trail

Tunket Road

Looking towards Middle Mountain and Bald Hill (the next 2 peaks north on the ridge)

A true Vermont feel

Hay wagons in the sunset

Hike Stats

Hike Distance:  3 miles
Hike Time: 2 hours
Total Vertical Gain:  1183'
Trail Head Elevation:  1000'
Summit Elevation:  1930'

Don't miss this short hike if you are in the area and it is a clear day.  The summit is wonderful and so are the views.


  1. a bit confusing at the beginning as you start up the Tunket Rd. and the road forks. It would appear the road veers left but no, that is the neighbor's driveway and I bet they are sick of people like me walking up it. A little sign where the road and driveway fork would solve all problems.

    1. I don't recall the driveway problem. I do remember signage wasn't great.