Moab Day 3 - Haystack Mountain

Date of trip: 11/07/2016

Mileage: 3.8 Miles

Elevation Gain: 1112 Feet

Time: 2:41 Hours

Class: 3

Partners: Carrie

GPS Track: View Here

Peaks Climbed on Trip:
Peak Name Elevation Prominence Range Close to County highpoint Range highpoint Map
Haystack Mountain11641461La SalMoab, UtahNoNo38.4994, -109.2463

Trip Report

We were on a short vacation to Moab with my mother (Jackie) and father-in-law (Ken). On day 1, we visited Arches National Park. Day 2 we headed to Canyonlands National Park.

On day 3, we had planned on introducing Jackie and Ken to a high peak. Since the La Sal mountains were only 45 minutes from our condo, I picked a relatively easy peak for the 4 of us.

Day 3 dawned clear and on the previous day I saw that our peak was snow-free. It was all systems go... until I found out my father-in-law had smashed his big toe that night and was not going to be able to hike. They were feeling a bit sore from the previous 2 days of hiking anyway. That left Carrie and I to go and they insisted we did.

We drove the road to Geyser Pass. The road was in good shape and we soon were on our feet hiking.

The initial section of hiking is complex, as there are roads and trails heading every which way. The key is to just head north and get to the pass between Burro Ridge and Haystack Mountain.

Once at that saddle, turn left and climb the steep east ridge of Haystack Mountain. This is borderline class 3 climbing in places. The talus isn't bad, but some of the rocks (even the big ones) are loose.

After you get to around 11,500', the angle eases and the talus is more stable.

The summit ridge overs great views of the Canyonlands, Moab, Arches, and the surrounding La Sal Mountains. It was a bit hazy, but we could make out the higher and snowy San Juan Mountains in Colorado!

Great peak for a quick alpine outing with tremendous views!


Getting There

Simply type "Geyser Pass" into Google Maps on your smartphone and follow the directions. It is a paved road to begin with, then excellent gravel. The last mile is more narrow, but still in good shape.


Hiking Directions

From Geyser Pass, follow the road heading north. This road eventually turns into a trail. The trail is hard to follow through the trees right at the beginning of the trail. Once out of the trees, you can follow the trail to the saddle between Burro Ridge (11641' on the Mount Waas quad) and Haystack Mountain.

From the saddle, follow the east ridge to the summit.


Photos

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Haystack Mountain as viewed from Island in the Sky (Canyonlands National Park)
Haystack Mountain as viewed from Island in the Sky (Canyonlands National Park)
Mount Mellenthin
Mount Mellenthin
Haystack Moutain
Haystack Moutain
More Carrie scrambling on Haystack Moutain
More Carrie scrambling on Haystack Moutain
Carrie scrambling up the steep boulder field
Carrie scrambling up the steep boulder field
Nearing the summit ridge on Haystack Mountain
Nearing the summit ridge on Haystack Mountain
Summit ridge on Haystack Mountain
Summit ridge on Haystack Mountain
Stacks of rock near the summit, not human creations
Stacks of rock near the summit, not human creations
Carrie and I on the summit
Carrie and I on the summit
Looking toward Moab, Utah
Looking toward Moab, Utah
East Ridge of Haystack, looking at Manns Peak and Mount Tomasaki
East Ridge of Haystack, looking at Manns Peak and Mount Tomasaki
Mount Mellenthin (front) and Mount Tukuhnikivatz (right)
Mount Mellenthin (front) and Mount Tukuhnikivatz (right)
Carrie descending the trail, squint to see the San Juan Mountains in Colorado
Carrie descending the trail, squint to see the San Juan Mountains in Colorado
Haystack Mountain viewed from South of Moab
Haystack Mountain viewed from South of Moab




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