MODERATE • 5 Miles • 3-4 Hours

This is a beautiful hike which takes you to the summit of Haystack Mountain in Dover and Wilmington.

This is a hike of moderate difficulty with some sharp inclines in a relatively remote area.

On a clear day, this hike gives you beautiful views of the surrounding Deerfield Valley, with the Mount Snow/West Dover area to the North, to Wilmington and Harriman Reservoir to the South. Do not get lost on this hike as there is absolutely nothing to the North or West of you but miles and miles forest.

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1800-3000' elevation


1000-1200' elevation change



The trailhead is located off up Upper Dam Rd in the Chimney Hill development of Wilmington. Follow the simple but long-winded zigzag directions on the printable map to find it. There isn’t really a parking area, just street parking in the local neighborhood.

From here, the trail is marked with blue blazes and follows an old gated road on a steady moderate incline to Binney Brook ravine. It turns southwest at about half a mile and begins a steep climb to the west ridge of Haystack. The trail winds through a few different forest types until reaching the summit trail junction. Turn right at the summit junction and follow until you reach the summit. It is 2.4 miles to the summit, 4.8 miles round trip.

Leaving the summit, you can head back to the trailhead or continue north another 2.5 miles to the top of Haystack Mountain Resort where you’ll find the entrance to the Ridgeline hike that connects the summits of the Haystack and Mount Snow Resorts.