Ascent of Little Haystack on 2012-07-21

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Kaerstin
Gudi (Partial)
Date:Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Haystack
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4760 ft / 1450 m

Ascent Trip Report

8:15 am
The Garden Parking was surprisingly full for this time in the morning, but we were lucky and there were a couple of spots left. Lil-Yeti, the Red Goat and I started the long trek down the Phelps tail heading toward Johns Brook Lodge. This summer has been very dry and so the trails are almost dusty, certainly not much mud and several of the bridges go over dry stream beds.
9:45 am
The hike was uneventful we quickly reached the JBL. This is the first time we’ve actually seen JBL as I had thought the Interior Outpost was the lodge, oh well. (The lodge certainly looks friendlier!) The place was pretty well deserted as everyone was out taking advantage of the gorgeous day. The morning temps were in the lower 60’s with the afternoon high reaching the 80’s in the valley and low humidity levels. At 10:45 am we reached the Hopkins trail junction where we continued along the Phelps trail. Still the hiking is pretty easy going, with just moderate ups along the way. At 11:50 am we regrouped at the Shorey Short Cut. Just after the junction the trail begins to climb, lots of rock hopping, but still pretty easy going. At 12:25pm we were on the Range Trail headed toward Little Haystack. Here the trail gets pretty steep. With about a half mile to Mt. Haystack we popped out on an open section that provided great views of Little Haystack and Haystack. This looks like it is gonna be a great half mile to our goal, open all the way!
Little Haystack had wonderful views that we enjoyed for a bit before heading off to the col between the haystacks. Coming off of Little Haystack was a bit tricky on the open ledges, but there are switchbacks which makes it pretty safe and still fun.
The scramble up Haystack was very enjoyable and so were the views! There were only a couple of others at the summit so Kaekae and I enjoyed a leisurely lunch and took a long relaxing break while taking in the views and many pictures! You could clearly see the summit of Marcy was just crawling with hikers. Although the forecast was for clear skies, a heavy cloud did sit high over our heads, but the views in all directions was still magnificent!
We slowly made our way off of Haystack still enjoying the views before we ducked back into the woods. Going down is never that fast, especially when steep and rocky, but we reached Shorey Short Cut at 3:50pm. As we passed by, I took a short side trip to Bushnell Falls. There wasn’t a lot of water, but it was still pretty.
We could hear people enjoying themselves in the river as we neared JBL at 5:40pm. The ladies stopped to enjoy a piece of cake and then we continued on to the Garden Parking ending our day at 7:05pm. Another great day in the Adirondacks!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3450 ft / 1051 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Hot with clouds coming in and out
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3450 ft / 1051 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Phelps - Range - Haystack
    Trailhead:Garden Parking  1310 ft / 399 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Haystacks - NY

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Little Haystack2012-07-21 a
2Mount Haystack2012-07-21 b

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