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Ascent of Haystack Mountain on 2013-06-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Date:Sunday, June 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Haystack Mountain
    Location:USA-Connecticut
    Elevation:1673 ft / 509 m

Ascent Trip Report

A pleasant easy hike up to a tower marking the HP of a small state park in CT on the way back to Hartford from visting the CT state HP.

There would be a nice long hike up this mountain (the 11th highest currently in the peakbaggers database) if they had developed a good trail up from the bottom of the mountain with a parking lot. I could not find one in our quick pass through the area. The parking lot, unfortuntaley, takes you most of the way up the mountain so in our time contraint, I yielded to parking in that parking lot, taking a few yards down slope and then going up the mountain with Karen and the puppy.

The slopes are not steep. We selected the steepest trail options we could find and there are many trails in this area. It is heavily used area although it is not far to the top. Willy had no problem running up the trails of this easy hike. The top has a very nice historic looking tower to climb. The views are nice of the woods below, but not as sexy as the other CT highpoints we visted later in the week as there is no exposed rock or reservoirs to see from up high in the tower like the ones in the area southwest of Hartford (like Hanging Hills and Chaucny etc..)

A pleasant place to walk your dog and we saw many dogs! but not an agressive place to train your legs.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:293 ft / 88 m
    Total Elevation Loss:293 ft / 88 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
70F beautiful day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:288 ft / 87 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 273 ft / 83 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:White to Yellow Blaze
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot  1400 ft / 426 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:278 ft / 84 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 273 ft / 83 m; Extra: 5 ft / 1m
    Gain on way out:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:White to Yellow Blaze
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot  1400 ft / 426 m



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