Hadley Mountain

#1 of 10 trails in Adirondack State Park
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.

3.6 miles Out & Back 1525 feet
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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.

Jack Ryan

1 Completed1 Reviews

Thomas McCormack

8 Completed6 Reviews

Nice hike with rocky summit. There is a fire tower and ranger cabin. The view from the fire tower is wonderful.

Andrea Love

1 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing views! Great people along the trail. A must!

Gene Breyette

5 Completed6 Reviews

Lawrence Glasheen

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike! Went 11/8/2015, great weather (much better than the freezing fog of my first time in 2004). Great views, a little steep but quite do-able.

Shawn Jackson

3 Completed3 Reviews

Gene Breyette

5 Completed6 Reviews

Very busy on Columbus Day. Great time. Beautiful weather and autumn colors.

Deb Havens

1 Completed1 Reviews

This is a pretty steep climb. It will definitely get your heart rate up! I would not say this was an easy climb.

Jess Flynn

3 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful hike, although I don't know if I would rate it as "easy." Gorgeous views from the fire tower!

Linda Brown

6 Completed2 Reviews

Fantastic views from the top and firetower made the seemingly never-ending rocky uphill worth the work.