Haystack Mountain

I parked at the intersection of Road 62 and Road 6221. Road 6221 is gated, otherwise I would have been able to drive on this road quite a ways. I strapped my skis to my pack and headed up Road 6221.

The road passes through a lot of clear cut, which makes for good views of Mount Persis, Gunn Peak, Ten Four Mountain, and the Skykomish Valley. The road is clear all the way to the end, in summer it would probably be an easy mountain bike ride. In winter it turned out to be an easy ski on a thin snowpack.

The road ends on the NW side of Haystack Mountain, from here the route to the summit is a short scramble through salal and sparse young hemlocks. The the trees on the top of the logged-out summit are still small enough to leave a 360 degree view, and the view is surprisingly nice. Gunn Peak, Mount Baring, Mount Persis, Ten Four Mountain, Mount Pilchuck, and Mount Stickney were all visible.

Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.