Driving up La Sal Pass and Geyser Pass Roads, Haystack Mountain stands proud although it’s only 11,641 feet compared to the bigger 12-13,000′ peaks. First impressions are meh but since Joan and I were in the vicinity after our hikes up Mann and Pilot peaks, we decided to give it a go.
There is not an official trail up Haystack, however, there is a easy to follow, well-defined use trail to the base from near the Moonlight Meadows trailhead. You’ll need to do your homework to figure out where to fine the use trail. Joan points the way to the summit.
I was beginning to ask why oh why are we hiking this? We are hikers not climbers! But Joan in typical fashion said lets just slide down this. Ha not really but we both thought about turning around at different times.
The views were a good distraction, although those black clouds were a bit of a concern. We sure didn’t want to find ourselves on this barren mountain should lightning make an appearance. There is no way we could quickly descend.
On the steep part, it was a lot of crab crawling (video by Joan).
- Date(s) Hiked: September 10, 2017
- Mileage: about 3.5 miles (per View Ranger)
- Elevation Gain/Loss: about 3,500′ (per View Ranger)
- Trail Conditions:
- Tree obstacles: minimal
- Overgrowth: minimal
- Signage: none
- Terrain: ROCKY!
- Navigation: map, compass and electronic GPS helpful
- Water: none
- Camping: moderate
- Solitude: we didn’t see anyone
- Bugs: none
- Precip: come prepared
- Temp: unknown, maybe 50’s?
- Jan’s Cherry Picker Delight Scale: 3- cherries (out of 5) (great views, but hated the rocks)
- Stop in at the Moab Ranger Station to find out about road and trail conditions