Hadley Mountain Trail

#1 of 15 trails in Adirondack State Park
Hadley Mountain Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hadley, NY that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.8 miles 1525 feet Out & Back
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Hadley Mountain has an open summit with good views to the east, south (including the Great Sacandaga Lake), and west, but it also has a restored fire tower which allows great views in all directions. The trail is never very steep and is in generally good condition. The area around Hadley mountain has had a history of forest fires. There were several in the early part of the twentieth century. The mountain is still slowly recovering. One thing you'll notice on this hike is the many patches of bare rock that begin early in the climb. This is due to the thin soils left by all the fires. The only trail begins from the trailhead parking area next to an Historic Marker and begins an immediate climb. The hiking register is reached within a couple of dozen yards of leaving the trailhead. A moderate climb following red trail markers leads through woodland on a mostly bedrock trail. Crossing back and forth over a small creek (dry in summer), the trail continues steeply past interesting boulders and cliffs to a level shoulder at about 1.0 mile. Following this brief gentle section the trail steepens and continues mostly on bedrock to the summit. The fire tower is open, but good views can be had without climbing it. The Great Sacandaga Lake is the body of water to the South.

Catherine Lange
5 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Amazing hike today! Beautiful day for this adventure. To top it off saw the cutest puppy at the top! Fun quick hike with great views

Web Web
11 days ago

8 Completed0 Reviews

I liked it, my friend not so much, but the views were so worth it!!!

Scott Kyle
12 days ago

8 Completed5 Reviews

This was nice hike with an open trail and great views. Although open this trail is full of large rocks and flat slick rock areas. The reason this is rated moderate is because of the steep elevation gain. Unfortunately, this is a popular trail and has many "lay-man" hikers clogging the trail and hanging out at junctions. The trail is well marked with Red trail markers and its own number (1-10) system. Make sure you turn left (going up) at marker 8 or you will head down the original Ranger trail. This is not a clean cut trail but will drop out at the old Ranger cabin. I really liked this hike but did not like the sneaker crowds and the trash I collected in their wake. Pets are allowed.

Stephen Gatt
12 days ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

First hike for me. Kind of difficult for first-timer but awesome summit!!

Katie Gregorek
13 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Steep, rocky, gorgeous, breathtaking

Nicholas Miller
18 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Great view a lot of elevation change for such a short hike

Jonathan Dal Pos
19 days ago

11 Completed0 Reviews

Nice short hike. The first section is pretty much straight up the hill and rocky. Then it flattens out for the second half of the hike up. Took about an hour up. Great views.

Robert Ogborn
19 days ago

12 Completed0 Reviews

Did it earlier today ... Nice mountain , fire tower is cool ... Loved it

Kathy Norsek
19 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Nice hike, a little strenuous at first but well worth it! Get there early if you want to enjoy the solitude.

Ashley Berube
22 days ago

7 Completed0 Reviews

William Tobin
25 days ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Ascended 04/10/16. Still some ice with undermelt on the trail this early in the season. the trail is well-maintained and relatively easy overall. The hike up will be nicer once the foliage comes back in late spring/summer, but the views from the top were definitely worth the short hike up!

Robert P.
1 month ago

it's a great hike straight up the mountain. has nice views. hike to the fire tower.

Matt T
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Not too hard of a trail with an excellent view at the top.

Kelly E
1 month ago

10 Completed2 Reviews

Great views from the summit. The distance in the description is a bit off (the hike was closer to 4 miles) and it's pretty steep for most of the way - a solid, moderate trail. It was quite rocky and had lots of patches of mud, so boots with ankle support are incredibly helpful. Trail was a bit icy in spots but nothing we couldn't get around. The cabin of the firetower was locked but the stairs were open. The summit was super windy and freezing, but had an amazing 360° view from the tower stairs.

Thomas Barron
1 month ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Thomas Barron
1 month ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Kathy Rowney
1 month ago

30 Completed30 Reviews

Did this trail in mid March as we are having a mild winter. Temperature was 35 to start but was in the 50s when we were done. There was some ice and snow on parts of the trail but easy to get around. There were a lot of people out on the trail enjoying the weather. An excellent view and a moderate hike. Highly recommend.

Matthew & Kris
2 months ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

This was our first hike in the Adirondacks, what an amazing hike! The view at the top was amazing. The trail was icy, we only had normal hiking shoes so it made the climb challenging but it was fun navigating along the trail. Highly recommend this hike.

Candice Becker
3 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Very icy & glad we had on minispikes as others were slip sliding down the trail. Cloudy day so no views but still things to see on our way up & down. Going up was tough for us as way out of shape!

Joel Wilson
4 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

It started out too foggy to see anything off the mountain, but luckily it lifted in the afternoon. The view turned out to be amazing.