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Old 08-02-2017, 09:24 PM   #1
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Best way to Haystack ??

I have two choices to do Haystack. I can do it the same day I do Saddleback and Basin starting at JBL or I can do it on a overnight trip when I bag Gray & Skylite via Panther Gorge. Which of these two routes is easier and/or safer

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Old 08-03-2017, 09:55 AM   #2
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Both trails up Haystack are relatively equal regarding safety and difficulty (i.e. they are both steep but not dangerous). If you are ok on Basin and Saddleback then Haystack will be fine either direction you do it from. If it were me, I would plan to include it with Saddleback and Haystack as that is the standard way it is approached. It really depends on how many nights you are at Panther Gorge, what time you arrive at the leanto etc. You could hike into the leanto and do Haystack the first day (leave early and hopefully get parking at Elk Lake), do Gray and Skylight the second day and possibly stay another night or hike out late afternoon...
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