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Haystack, Basin, Saddleback


Submitted By Meghan Addario

The Mountains & Stats

19 miles with 5000 feet of gain
  • Basin (4827 Feet, NY) globe Mountain
  • Haystack (4960 Feet, NY) globe Mountain
  • Saddleback (4515 Feet, NY) globe Mountain

People On The Trip

Trip Report

     We started off from the garden towards Haystack. After a few miles, I finally saw [for the first time] the JBL Lodge. Not too shabby. It was still pretty early, no one was out and about yet. We kept walking, and shortly after getting back into the woods, we rounded a corner and saw a huge deer just hanging out - obviously used to people, it didn't run away. We kept truckin, knowing it was going to be a very long day. My aunt said that Shorey Short Cut was necessary since we were planning on finishing the 46 the following weekend - and reading in the guide book that it was a shorter trail [mileage wise] we figured, why not! It may be shorter distance wise, definitely not time wise! Once on top of Shorey Short Cut, we still don't have views since the fog is still in the valley, followed by a good descend to the trail junction near the col of Haystack and Basin. Once at the junction, we turned right towards Little Haystack. It wasn't much longer before we reached the next trail junction [you can pump water here if needed] and then we went up, up, and up to Little Haystack where we ran into the guy we started off with in the parking lot [and passed with great speed, therefore knowing that the "long" way to Haystack is the way to go] and a couple other kids we would pretty much finish off the day with. Luckily everyone had us on the summit of Little Haystack, or they would not have realized that they did not walk .5mi to Haystack and were in fact sitting on Little Haystack. It was a fairly easy jaunt to finish it off luckily. Of course, everything was in the clouds, so absolutely nothing was visible. We ate some lunch since it was lunch time and we had done about 9 miles already and carried on down and over to Basin. We backtracked to the junctions and up Basin. Not too shabby of a trail and easy to follow. We met back up with the 2 guys and they set a good pace for the rest of the day. Another snack at the top and a small break, and then we carried on over to Saddleback. Going up the rock wasn't nearly as bad as I had thought it would be - not being able to see it from a distance could have helped this. Once we summited Saddleback for #41, we kept on going down towards the Ore Bed Trail and then out. Since there were no views the entire day, going up to get Gothics from the cable side just didn't seem worth it - another day maybe... We had our first taste of fall with some fallen leaves - other than that, a fairly nice trail - luckily it was only a little damp and not completely soaked! We reached the car and stopped the Noonmark Diner for some tastey pie before heading home.

The Good and The Bad

The Good:

*"Rock Climbing"
*Subs and wraps for meals
*People we met

The Bad:

*Shorey Short Cut
*Fog never burned off

The Drive



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