Hadley Mountain Trail

MODERATE
#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
dog friendly kid friendly birding hiking nature trips snowshoeing walking forest river views wild flowers
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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.

Tyler Travis
6 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Trail was easy to follow. Could be challenging at times depending on your fitness level. But with taking breaks I believe any age can finish this. Well worth the view at the top. Even climbed inside the watch tower for an even better view!

Heather O'Shea
9 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Julia Foley
15 days ago

11 Completed11 Reviews

The trail was easy but enjoyable. My boyfriend and I wanted to get a quick hike in today rather than go to the High Peaks so we chose Hadley. Definitely recommend for hikers that are just beginning or for people that want to bring their kids. The summit is quite sizable with pretty decent views. The hike took less than 2 hours round trip, so if you want to get a quick fix of the ADKs, go Hadley. :)

Maggie Munoff
20 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Love this hike. Offers a spectacular view of the Great Sacandaga! We brought our mini dachshund and she really loved it as well. Gets the heart pumping and might be tough for smaller kids who maybe haven't hiked before. There are some slick rock surfaces to get over - make sure you watch where you step.

Danielle Wittemeyer
22 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Catherine Lange
29 days ago

6 Completed5 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
1 month ago

8 Completed5 Reviews

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

Scott Kyle
1 month ago

9 Completed6 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
1 month ago

6 Completed3 Reviews

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

Katie Gregorek
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Steep, rocky, gorgeous, breathtaking

Nicholas Miller
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

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

Jonathan Dal Pos
1 month ago

11 Completed8 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
1 month ago

16 Completed15 Reviews

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

Kathy Norsek
1 month ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

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

Ashley Berube
1 month ago

7 Completed9 Reviews

William Tobin
1 month ago

5 Completed6 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
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Kelly E
2 months ago

15 Completed5 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
2 months ago

5 Completed7 Reviews