The afternoon after hiking Donaldson and Emmons, I headed up to Haystack Mountain (2878 ft.), one of the popular "Saranac 6" list. I chose the easier "back-door" route from Lake Placid via the Jackrabbit Ski Trail and a herd path created by Saranac 6-ers bagging Haystack and McKenzie Mountains on the same hike. The "front-door" route is significantly steeper.
The Jackrabbit Trail was mostly pleasant, easy walking on an old woods road.
The Lake Placid Lean-to, one of many Adirondack shelters scattered throughout the high peaks.
This cairn marks the start of the herd path up the back side of Haystack.
A glimpse up to McKenzie Mountain, 1000 ft. higher than Haystack.
After a few years of Saranac 6 action, the herd path is well-beaten.
Haystack Mountain is a gem. The view here from its open summit ledges looks southwest to Scarface Mountain, the trailless Sawtooth Range, the Seward Range and Ampersand Mountain.
The Seward Range in profile.
A wide open, peaceful setting up here.
A good look at the wild Sentinel Range to the east.
Big Burn Mountain rises beyond a hardwood valley.
Descending through nice birch forest on the herd path.