Ascent of Haystack Mountain on 2014-08-16

Climber: david belanger

Others in Party:Michele Belanger -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Matt Belanger
Nate Belanger
Date:Saturday, August 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Haystack Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2874 ft / 875 m

Ascent Trip Report

well number 3 for the Sixer challenge done, feels good half way there , it rained all night before we did this one so the trail was a muddy and slippery mess other than that its a nice hike all the way to the split for McKenzie was fairly level you actually went down hill ( which sucks for the hike back )to a cool little dam once u cross that it just gets steeper as you go up until u finally hit the top. The cooler temps and the chance of rain must have had everyone else inside because we had the summit to ourselves for at least 10 mins and that's a first but there was a lot of other hikers on the Mt. good views from the top u can see the prison very well ( I think its ray brook prison )tried some hiking poles on this one still not sure if I like them or not ill keep you posted on that
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1240 ft / 377 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:trail off of rt 86 ray brook
    Trailhead:parking lot  1634 ft / 498 m
    Grade/Class:easy then steep
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
wet damp day
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 54 Minutes

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