On one of our days off we drove to Haystack Mountain. It’s out by Mapleton and not too far from here.
It was a very steep walk up to the top. The view was very nice once we got up there. Coming down went a lot faster!
Haystack Mountain was an active volcano for about 50,000 years. The elevation is 1,142 feet (straight up, no switchbacks!).
View from the top
Another view from the top
Squa Pan Lake
We had seen a beaver pond from the top and once we got back down to the parking lot we saw a trail that went that direction, so we followed it. It was nice and peaceful there. The sun was out and there were a lot of dragonflies. We didn’t see the beaver but we did find the lodge.
Orange Hawkweed (Devil's Paintbrush)