Hadley Mountain Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hadley, New York 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.
dogs on leash
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.
I really like this hike for a lot of reasons. The view is beautiful, there is a fire tower, it is close to the capital district, it is quick (2.6 mile) and yet strenuous with moderate elevation gain. This is not strenuous for people who do the 46 and regular HIKERS, but for the average PERSON this would be considered strenuous. I typically start my year for mountains on this one and also end on this one because of how quick and close it is.
4 of us went up and back right after Christmas. The trial was packed snow and ice. We all had microspikes. Trial is well marked and and runs right up to top of the ridge and the across over to the fire tower and the old care taker cabin. About 2 hours up and an hour back counting lunch. Nice view of Lake Sacandaga and surrounding area up top.
I'm pretty out of shape, so this one took a while and I needed to have some breaks, but I did get to the top and back. The hike up is pretty generic through the woods, but the view from the top is excellent, between the fire tower and open summit, there are great views in all directions. Bare rock on some of the steep sections require some care, but it was a nice afternoon.
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.
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. :(
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.
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
Great moderate hike
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful, well worth the hike. Rough hike. very steep right from rhe start.
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.
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.