Trailhead

Haystack Mountain is located about 4 miles west of Mapleton and 10 miles west of Presque Isle, on Maine Route 163. The trailhead sign marks where to turn into the parking area. Once parked, look to the left of the information kiosk to locate the trail entrance. The kiosk offers educational information on the geological history of this area along with a basic map of the trail.

Description

This rugged quarter-mile trail (1,438 feet to be exact) starts with relatively easy hiking across flat forest floor, but quickly steepens to loose rocks, gravel and ledge as you near the summit.  About three quarters of the way up to the summit, the trail splits to the left where an easier but still rugged trail loops around to the peak.  Hikers are recommended to stay on this loop.  For a challenge, at the split in the trail one can climb straight up, across the exposed ledge to the summit.  Be cautious!

Much of the trail is steep and across loose rocks and gravel so plan to wear good footwear (no sandals and flip-flops please!)  and bring plenty of water as there is no source of drinking water along the trail.  Other things to remember to bring:  snacks to enjoy at the picnic area, fly spray to keep those Maine blackflies away, binoculars and a camera to capture the incredible views, and a cell phone to call for help if needed.

Enjoy the spectacular 360° views of Aroostook County from the peak: including of Mt. Katahdin, Scopan Lake, North Maine Woods, agricultural farmlands, Maine’s first wind farm on Mars Hill, and the twin peaks of Quaggy Jo Mountain in Aroostook State Park.

The Haystack Mountain area is part of a 215-acre public reserved land owned and managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and maintained by the town of Castile Hill (Mapleton).

More Information

In 2011 the Haystack Mountain trail was dedicated to the late Corporal Dustin J. Libby, United States Marine Corps.  A memorial bench at the summit and a sign at the trail head are installed in his memory.

To find out more about the geology of Haystack Mountain and how it came to be, check out Maine Geological Survey's "The Geology of Haystack Mountain."

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Aroostook State Park
87 State Park Road
Presque Isle
Maine
04769
207-768-8341

Photos

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Haystack's Rocky Summit
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Roadside Trailhead Sign along Route 163
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Parking Area and Covered Picnic Table
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Geologists with Park Manager at the Information Kiosk
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Colorful Autumn Day Hiking up the Trail
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Dustin Libby Memorial Bench
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Haystack Covered Shelter and Picnic Table
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Haystack Mountain east face
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