Haystack Mountain by Mount Persis / 靠波斯山的草垛山

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Haystack Mountain isn’t as famous as the nearby Mount Persis or Mount Index. Even so, the semi-woodsy summit offers sweeping views of the Skykomish River Valley. But that’s if the weather is halfway decent.

Haystack Mountain looming above
Haystack Mountain looming above

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Haystack Mountain at a Glance

Access: Big Eddy Park (access info)
Round Trip: 9 miles
Elevation Range: 240′-2715′
Gear: microspikes, snowshoes
Route Info: Chandler Haberlack, Nancyann
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: on the road

North Cascades – Chelan Permit

May 27, 2021: I received the below message in an email from Weyerhaeuser regarding the purchasing of permits:

This email is to notify you that Weyerhaeuser is currently under contract to sell the North Cascades – Chelan Recreational Permit Area to Hampton Resources, a forest products company, in July of 2021.

Due to the pending change in ownership, Weyerhaeuser will not be offering 2021-22 recreational permits for North Cascades-Chelan permit area on our website.

Weyerhaeuser Recreation

Haystack Mountain

The SummitPost entry no longer reflects current access restrictions. The quickest way used to start from NF-6200 past Proctor Creek. But trying to go that way now would add an extra four miles each way from Highway 2.

We spent the bulk of our time on the road. But not before having to cross the railroad tracks to the south. Then we went through a section of brambles up to the roadway at 200′ above. A few yards east was a fork in the road.

Trestle over Skykomish River
Trestle over Skykomish River

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Walking the Road

The roadway was in great shape. But I assumed it’s from the number of logging trucks that go through here. A few spur paths seemed to lead to nowhere. And some would have piles of debris marking the road’s end.

We walked a quarter of a mile west before slowly losing elevation. So at one mile in from the car, we were back at the same altitude. Then the road stayed flat for another mile or so.

Duffey Creek
Duffey Creek

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Logging Terrain

The amount of logging debris on the hillsides was devastating. It’s sad to see the aftermath of deforestation. Google satellite view also showed clearcutting up to a few hundred feet below the top.

It’s been cloudy since we left the car. Then we slowly lost sight of Haystack Mountain on its north side. Shortly past Duffey Creek, we turned left at the next fork onto the steep road.

A misty valley
A misty valley

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Duffey Creek Basin

Snow patches became continuous at 1400′, where recent tire marks ended. Then I put on snowshoes after gaining another 200′. Soon, the clouds cleared. Then we had a direct view of our goal.

Later we crossed Duffey Creek to the east in the upper basin. Then we reached the 2100′ saddle at 2.8 miles up from the 500′ junction. The view of Skykomish River Valley from the pass was misty.

A break in the clouds
A break in the clouds

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Haystack Mountain South Route

From there, we turned north and continued to carve out a path. Meanwhile, the lower part of Mount Persis behind us started to show. Then minutes later, we arrived at the south slopes as the road rounded the ridge.

The road would later end on the north side of Haystack Mountain. But I’ve had enough of it for today. So we dove into the trees and went up to the east ridge. Then we walked a short distance west to reach the summit.

Haystack Mountain south route
Haystack Mountain south route

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Haystack Mountain Summit

On a clear day, the striking view of Mount Persis would be to the direct southeast. But only a fraction of Mount Index would be visible. We had partial views out to the east when we came up the east ridge.

The northern half of the summit was woodsy. So nothing to see there. But I was happier about not being in the clouds! We had a pleasant visit because of the mild wind and the warm temperatures.

Mount Persis in the mist
Mount Persis in the mist

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Outro

Any reasonable person would’ve gone back the way they came. But I wanted to bypass the road on the way out. So we dropped down on the northwest side. I would only try going this way in the snow.

It wasn’t pleasant to squeeze through the second-growth. So I wouldn’t recommend going this way. At last, we caught the end of a road at 1200′. Then it led us down to the fork above the brambles we went through earlier.

Back to the trestle below
Back to the trestle below

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. james kirk

    this area is now closed due to access restrictions

    1. onehikeaweek

      No problem! To obtain a recreation permit, check out Weyerhaeuser’s website for more information. I’ve also included a link in my post. Happy hiking!

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