4,960', 3rd Highest Elevation in the Adirondacks
Marcy as seen from the top of Haystack, third in
elevation behind Marcy and Algonquin.
Nearing the top of Haystack after hiking up the back
way from Panther Gorge,
the steepest elevation gain for hikers in the
|Dan and I took the Mount Hoevenburg trail
to Marcy from Adirondack Loj, descended down the trail over Marcy's
southwest flank to Lake Tear in the Clouds (the source for the Hudson
River). From there, we descended to Panther Gorge, and finally up and
over Haystack's steep southern side. From there, we hiked out to the
Garden in Keene Valley, by way of John's Brook Lodge, for a total of 23
miles. There are shorter ways to do Haystack, but even if brevity is
your aim, and Haystack is your only destination, you're looking at a
round trip of at least 15 miles, as Haystack, like Marcy, is deep in
the High Peaks.
Where's my Geritol?!
hike to Haystack from Adirondack Loj. From Otter
or Deep Woods Cabin, follow Route 86 past Whiteface, turning left onto
Drive, where the West Branch of the Ausable heads off towards the
Ski Jumps. Turn left onto Route 73 towards Keene, and look for an open
on your right, framed by the High Peaks and the road to Adirondack Loj.