Hadley Mountain

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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.

From Saratoga, take Rte 9N going north.
When you reach the village of Lake Luzerne, turn left at first light onto East River Drive.
Turn left onto Bridge Street. Turn right onto Stony Creek Rd (CR1).
After 3 miles, turn left onto Hadley Hill Rd. Continue for 4 miles. Turn right onto Tower Rd (gravel road). The parking area is on the left after 1.5 miles.

NYS DEC Region 5 Forest Ranger (518) 696-2893

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I had a great time here. The trail is well marked and has a little challenge to it at times. If you're active I did one way up in about fifty minutes. It's a nice hike to do

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6 Completed 1 Reviews

Used this trail to kick the season off! Broke a nice sweat, but wasn't crazy hard. Great for beginners and newbies!

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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Easy to find, moderate hike. Beautiful view of sacandaga lake at the summit. Fire tower at the peak.

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7 Completed 2 Reviews

The Hadley Fire Tower trail was a great hike. Some things worth noting:

1.) The trail is quite rocky. If you are not used to hiking in the ADK's - this might come as a bit of a surprise. Make sure you are wearing boots with good ankle support.
2.) There were a lot of people hiking up and down the mountain around 1000hrs local time. Make sure you get an early start if you want to beat the crowds
3.) Going down was challenging, take it easy as there were a lot of ankle twisters
4.) If you are looking to get into the cab of the fire tower - you can't - the cab was padlocked shut when we went up there this morning. You can climb the stairs of the tower. Make sure you are careful on a windy day as the tower does have some sway.

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This was a perfect early December hike. We did this with two of the kids (teens) and our golden and thoroughly enjoyed sliding around the ice covered trail. We had a combo of micros spikes and yak-traks between the four of us and even this early in the season there was greater than 3 inches of ice on many spots of the exposed rock trail. No problem with the spikes, but the yak-traks were not quite enough. Although the kids had fun trying to scramble up them (and helped the dog too) they eventually used the light path that had developed just off trail in the snow. The views at the top were great. We climbed as far as we could on the firetower (the top observation deck is closed off) which added to the view. Great trail for kids (when there is no ice) as it is wide open, moderate grade with many large boulders just off trail to enjoy a break and a relatively short hike (~1.2 miles to summit) for the view.

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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Amazing trail!

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Martin Bedell

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9 Completed 2 Reviews

Great trail, well maintained. The views are amazing! The fire tower is open all the way to the top for the summer hikers. This trail has lots of traffic as it is a moderate trail in an area where there are many tourist. So if you are planning a quiet hike, this may not be the trail unless it is early, or late in the season.

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23 Completed 19 Reviews

I found this to be a challenging hike, the terrain kept changing. It felt very long but felt well worth it, especially when you hit the summit, where there is a firetower. However the firetower is closed off at the fifth landing, just as good of views from the actual summit. Views are breathtaking.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hadley was fun, pretty steep though, the worst part was coming down because a lot of it is just slabs of smooth rock that's been wetted down by the creek. It was a little bit slippery but all in all a fun hike. I would recommend this one to those who like walking up steep inclines for long durations hahaha

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22 Completed 8 Reviews

Just hiked this today (May 27th, 2013). Views from the top were amazing. Being a holiday it was busy on the mountain today, just a lot of people and SCREAMING kids and teenagers blaring music on the walk up to the summit. I usually just let them go past so I can enjoy the peace and quiet of being outdoors. So I would not recommend this on a weekend or on a holiday. Take the time and go someplace out of the way if you just enjoy being outdoors and not surrounded by tourist and people that don't respect the outdoors. Ok, enough of my rant. The hike up is a moderate hike with a couple of steep spots, but believe me it is well worth it once you get to the summit. I would definitely recommend climbing the tower.

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