Hadley Mountain

Hadley, New York 12835

Hadley Mountain

Hadley Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"A short and steady climb to the top of this 2,680-foot bald summit provides great views of the southern Adirondacks. With a climbable fire tower, summertime summit steward, and a broad, open mountaintop ideal for a picnic, Hadley Mountain is an excellent choice for family outings.

The beginning of the trail is surrounded by a thick stand of hemlocks that continues to provide shade up to the trail register, where the evergreens give way to a mainly beech and birch forest that is thick with saplings and shades the trail for most of the climb. The trail, marked by red DEC markers, begins to ascend immediately and continues steadily uphill for nearly 1 mile, where it levels off for a while before the final climb to the summit."

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"A short but steep climb leads to a seasonally staffed fire tower overlooking the southern Adirondack foothills."

"A family-friendly hike to a restored fire 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."

"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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7/31/2013
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.
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7/28/2012
The traihead is 1.5 miles down the dirt road on your right, you won't miss it, surprisingly a lot of cars there. We went with our kids age 6,4 and a baby who was carried on the back. It's a steady climb and the whole hike is close to 4 miles, but certainly worth it!
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3/22/2012
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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Trail Information

Hadley
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.6 miles
Distance
1,531 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2–3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,144 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,675 feet
Top Elevation
Views
Features
Eastern Adirondack trail information: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9199.html
Local Contacts
National Geographic Adirondack Park, Lake George/Great Sacandaga (#743)
Local Maps

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Oct 2018