Hadley Mountain Trail

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Hadley Mountain Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hadley, NY that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles 1502 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

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nature trips

snowshoeing

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forest

river

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wild flowers

old growth

rocky

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.

3 days ago

I enjoyed this trail for what it is. It's fairly short as I kept a steady pace and made it to the summit in a little over an hour and back down in 45 minutes. I would assume it would have taken quicker if not for the icy conditions. Since most of the trail is walking on smooth rock, it can be slippery at times.

With that being said, the views up top are very rewarding for it being a fairly easy hike. The first half is steadily uphill and it evens out for the second half. There's a period of flat in the middle and from there you'll have about another half mile to the top. I would recommend this hike for most skill sets.

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22 days ago

Highest point in Saratoga County. A must hike for sure. Easy to moderate given your ability. Nicely renovated solid firetower. Super windy, cab locked during winter. :(

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22 days ago

feels like an uphill battle at first but then the incline isn't bad at all. might have been more of a challenge for me due to all the leaves and somewhat wet terrian. great views! a must.

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23 days ago

It's not just a stroll up the mountain but it's not an impossible hike. The view is beautiful and with addition to that there's a cute little cabin and the fire tower to explore as well. A must in the fall months

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1 month ago

Great moderate hike

1 month ago

there was beautiful views and even 6 inches of snow on the summit :) great hike just a little windy today 20+ mph winds literally pushed me back on the summit.

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1 month ago

Great hike, description is fairly on point in that it is a lightly moderate hike. Nothing too steep but a good steady climb with a couple of nice relatively flat stretches for a minute or two. We went yesterday and the trail became a little slick with the wet leaves and snow but nothing too crazy. We went with our 8 and 6 year olds. We were up in about 2 hours and down in 48 minutes. Spent about 20 minutes on top. Incredible views and well worth it! Too windy to climb the fire tower so we saved that for next time. I am not sure on the 2.6 miles out and back. That is not accurate, we tracked it at about 2.1 to the summit so more like a 4.2 out and back.

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1 month ago

Group of 13: mostly my 20-ish students but also my family (inc sons ages 13 and 8). Slightly tough for the 8 year-old at the rapid pace of the group, so we slowed and he made it just fine; gorgeous with the first snow but a little treacherous with also the first major leaf fall and some residual rain - last week would probably have been ideal for colours but still delightful. Steeper than we expected from some descriptions, and I echo the comment below about the trail getting dark sooner than the surrounding area - I was glad that we'd planned to be off the trail by 5.30.

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1 month ago

Beautiful, well worth the hike. Rough hike. very steep right from rhe start.

1 month ago

This is a hike right from the get go. It is well worth it though and easy enough for energetic kids. The view was wonderful and when we hiked it in October we got wonderful foliage and a light snow to top it off.

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2 months ago

Nice hike! A good workout, but nothing too crazy. Awesome views on a clear day. Took me 1hr 45 min RT, with 15 minute break at the top.

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2 months ago

We hiked this one Saturday afternoon. We are beginners, who have only hiked a few mountains (all were labeled beginner on this site). I'm 300+ pounds, and I hiked this with my girlfriend and son (6). This hike is listed as "moderate," and we found the climb significantly steeper than the "beginner" trails on this site.

There is an awesome fire tower up top, with a 360 degree view. Unfortunately, the fog was so thick, we could only see about 100 feet in any direction. This certainly made the trip significantly less rewarding. The fall foliage was just starting to change, so the next weekend or two in October should have gorgeous views (providing the weather is clear).

At Marker 9 the trail splits. Going right for about 100 feet will bring you to a working cabin, used to the trail steward. Circle back toward Marker 9, and you'll notice (on your right) a root cellar, which was used years ago to keep things cold. It looks like a cave big enough for a small person/child to get into.

The sun goes down on the back side of the mountain, so low visibility/darkness occurs quite early, considering the trees block a considerable amount of daylight. We started out at 115pm, and got back at 545pm (3 hours up, 1.5 hours down). If you are slow hikers, it may be worth leaving a bit early, so visibility is still good on the decent.

2 months ago

Steep incline even for someone in "moderate" shape. It's great cardio. Views are so worth the sweat.

2 months ago

This is a serious uphill hike. Took us about an hour and a half to reach the tower. We had to rest frequently as it is strenous right from the beginning. Gorgeous hike though, so don't be discouraged. The view at the top is worth the work. I would not recommend hiking this during wet weather as most of the hike is on rock that looks like it could get very slippery.

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2 months ago

Definitely a workout and the view from the top was amazing

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2 months ago

i've heard that this mountain can get very crowded but we went in mid september and mid week and, except for one couple and a forest ranger, we had the summit all to ourselves. the view was breathtaking and while the climb was tough it was not impossible. the gps brought us to the wrong location and had to get directions from the local post office, my only complaint.

3 months ago

A steady climb from the top to the bottom. The views are beautiful and totally worth it. Of course the fire house makes it extra special. Would do this again! Round trip around 3 hours. We started heading back around 5:00pm and the sun is already on the other side of the mountain. Lots of berries along the way :)

Although almost all gone, the raspberries are the best I've ever had. Blackberries were sour.

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3 months ago

9 of us from 10 years old to 53 and we loved it. Steady incline from the beginning. A good workout and great views from the top including a fire tower. Would likely avoid on a rainy day, however.

3 months ago

Arrived at the trailhead around 2:30 pm. There were plenty of people on the trail but it didn't feel congested. It was a nice sunny day with low 70 temps.

The trail is well marked and wide enough to handle the number of people on the mountain. It is a rather steep rise and is rocky. The flat rock on the lower portion of the trail is interesting.

The view, as expected is awesome. A nice view of the Sacandaga. I nice clear day that offered endless miles of beautiful scenery.

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