This family- friendly hike takes you to a restored ?re tower and an expansive 360-degree view that includes the High Peaks, the Green Mountains (Vermont), and the Berkshires (Massachusetts) on a clear day. Located in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, a 140,000-acre forest preserve, Hadley Mountain is the highest point at the southern end of West Mountain, a half-mile-long ridge. It is a favorite hike in the Saratoga area for the views from its fire tower, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
While modest in terms of mileage, it is a persistent climb, which Barbara McMartin, a well-known Adirondack guidebook author, once described as “one of the most beautiful I have ever had in the mountains.”From the trailhead, follow the red NYSDEC markers up the broad, rock-strewn trail.
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