Haystack Mountain Trail


Haystack Mountain Trail

The trail, marked with blue blazes, follows an old gated road on a steady moderate incline to Binney Brook ravine. Turning southwest (left) at about 0.5 miles the trail then begins to climb steeply to the west ridge of Haystack Mountain. This section of trail is mainly a snowmobile trail, so look for and follow the orange snowmobile signs. The trail makes a few turns leading through different forest types until reaching the summit trail junction. Turn right and follow the blue blazes again making a few more turns until the trail reaches the summit. From the partially wooded summit some views include, Haystack Pond and Mt. Pisgah (Mt. Snow) to the north, Harriman Reservoir to the south, and large windmills to the southwest. The summit, from different locations, also has many great views of bordering mountains. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.

Haystack Mountain Trail Recreation Opportunity Guide

Snowmobiling Recreation Opportunity Guide

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes or motorized vehicles
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Wilmington or Mount Snow Area                     For all Emergencies: 911;  911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Wilmington, off Binney Brook Road.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From the Route 100 (traffic light) in Wilmington, take Route 9 west for about 1.1 miles. Turn north (right) onto Haystack Road;

From Route 7 in Bennington, take Rte 9 east for about 20.8 miles (5.8 miles pass the junction of Route 8) and turn north (left) onto Haystack Road;

Follow Haystack Road into Chimney Hills Development. Take the second left onto Chimney Hill Rd. at a staggered four-way junction. At the next junction, turn right onto Binney Brook Rd. and begin a steep and winding climb past several intersecting roads of the Chimney Hills development. At the stop sign at the end of Binney Brook Road, turn right on to Upper Dam Road, then bear left at the next intersection.The trailhead, which is marked with a USFS sign, will be on the right. There is no dedicated parking lot for this trailhead; limited roadside parking is available in the vicinity.



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Day Hiking

Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2-3 hours round trip Length: 4.8 miles round trip
Elevation desc Max elevation change: 1020 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
Length: 4.8 miles round trip

  Elevation : 
Max elevation change: 1020 feet