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This is a wonderful 4 mile round-trip hike to a summit which offers views of Haystack Pond.

This trail can be tricky to find since it is located through a small neighborhood of vacation homes. The trail was originally designed as a cross-country skiing connector to the Mount Snow area. It has now become a local's favorite especially in fall when the hardwoods are their showiest. The blue-blazed trail begins by following the Binney Brook ravine, crossing the stream, then angling south for a short distance until it turns to ascend Haystack Mountain. If hiking any other season besides summer, you'll be treated to early views of the mountain. Once you reach the summit, you'll see Haystack Pond below encircled with beautiful evergreens. Looking south you'll see Harriman Reservoir (Massachusetts), to the west are the Adirondacks (New York), and to the east is Mount Monadnock (New Hampshire). Retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

Directions: From Wilmington, VT, Travel west on SR 9 for 1 mile. Turn right (north) onto Haystack Road. Travel to Chimney Hill Road and turn left. The road winds through a neighborhood for a little less than .5 mile. Turn right onto Binney Brook Road. Stay on Binney Brook until the road "T's." Turn right onto Upper Dam Road and then an almost immediate left and proceed to the trailhead located on the right side of the road.

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

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Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

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