Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures
by Lisa Densmore Ballard (Falcon Guides)
© 2017 Lisa Densmore Ballard/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We went on a nice clear summer day. Be prepared as the trail book state it is a very steep climb at times on flat bedrock,. It almost looks paved! The view at the top is beautiful! You can see the lake to the left. We climbed the fire tower but it was closed at the top, The bare summit gave us time to sit and enjoy with the other families.
The trail head is about 1.5 miles down a dirt road that is safe for sedans if taken slowly called Hadley road. Parking is at the trail head and it seems to get a fair amount of traffic. There is minimal cellular connectivity for emergencies at the bottom and a fair connection at the top with little to nothing in between.
It was a rare 60 degree morning in March and I got started at 11:00 to a bright sunny day with no bugs and no leaves on the trees (slight sunburn) either. The first 15 minutes of the climb is easy with a fair amount of bare rock face to walk up following a very small stream. From there it turns into a steady climb with a lot of stone stepping to the top of the ridge (1.20 hours if slow). There is a gently .3 mile run across the ridge with a pleasant view overlooking both sides (probably until the leaves fill in) before you start up the last climb to the tower another 20 minutes. This gets steep again but not as much as the ridge climb with a nice view South of Sacandaga Lake before you get to the very top. At the top there is a good amount of bare rock and sitting/sunning area with a clear view all around. The fire Tower is open to climb but the cab was locked when I went up; still there was an awesome view from the level below it. Also the cabin is still standing just below the top to check out.
The hike down is steep and will put some strain on your feet and shoes. A good climbing stick is helpful but not necessary. Keep in mind that if attempted while wet, after a rain this trail could get very slippery and dangerous going down especially.
All and all it was one of the nicest climbs I have ever taken.
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