Not to be confused with the High Peak Mt. Haystack! This one is in Ray Brook and offers a friendlier climb.
The trail-head for Haystack and McKenzie mountain is on the right, off Route 86 about 5 miles west of Lake Placid
A pleasant walk in the woods until you cross an old man made dam. From here the trail begins a stead uphill climb until you get closer to the mountain where it becomes steep. Once you get towards the top of the chute the trail leads to an open rock face and ledge with some views. From the south facing summit there are 180 degree views of Whiteface, the High Peaks, and the Saranac Lake chain.
At some point I would like to bushwhack down from this summit along the ridge to the trail junction with McKenzie mt on the Jackrabbit trail, eventually hiking McKenzie and taking the trail back out to the trail-head..
Distance: 6.6 miles RT (10.6 km)
Ascent: 1302 (397 m)
Elevation: 2864 (873 m)
A nice hike, with Derek.