Hadley Mountain Trail is a 3.4 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 best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.4 miElevation gain1,561 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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.

There is a fire tower at the summit. The parking at the trailhead has space for more than a dozen cars.

NYS DEC Region 5 Forest Ranger (518) 696-2893

This trail can get very busy, start your hike early to beat the crowds.

From Saratoga, take Rte 9N going north. When you reach the village of Lake Luzerne, turn left at first light onto East River Drive. Turn left onto Bridge Street. Turn right onto Stony Creek Rd (CR1). After 3 miles, turn left onto Hadley Hill Rd. Continue for 4 miles. Turn right onto Tower Rd (gravel road). The parking area is on the left after 1.5 miles. Located near the town of Hadley, NY the trailhead is about 1.5 miles down Tower Road which branches off from Hadley Hill Road from the town of Hadley.

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Dan Christman
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HikingMuddyRocky

Lots of mud, and running water, no flat sections until you are making your final approach. Awesome hike with awesome views

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Tom Peet
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Great trail, got there at 8:00am no people in sight, well marked trail. My first tower and totally enjoyed the climb and the view at the summit.

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Serena User
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HikingMuddy

4/18/21. Did Hadley as a sunrise (again). Always a great hike. FYI it’s very wet right now from all the recent rain. Waterproof shoes is a good idea.

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Sarah Fryc
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Great hike with a spectacular view. Quite a bit of mud making it pretty slick on the way down. We got caught in some rain/sleet but overall would highly recommend!

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Heather Thomas
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HikingMuddy

Pretty good trail. Very rocky and definitely hard for the out of shape and younger crowd. My 5 year old did almost all of the hike until half way down then got carried. The Boy Scouts Troop 28 had a great time and earn their 5 mile hike for their Hiking Merit Badge. (We walked around quite a lot at the top).

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Heather Daniels
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HikingRocky

Heavy crowds midday on a Saturday, but expected. Did the trail with 11 yo and 9yo., had to take many breaks on way up for them to rest and hydrate. Steep ascent for pretty much entire trail, definitely worth it though. Summit was a bit crowded but still very enjoyable. Great views. A few muddy/slick spots, but otherwise dry.

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Stephen Rowell
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Great hike. First ever solo hike. First 1.2 miles can be challenging (at least for me). Started at sunrise, stayed at the summit for about an hour, and made it back to my car just before 10. Only saw 4 folks during the decent and no one during the climb up. Well worth the trek.

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Kelly Faulkner
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Beautiful views at the summit and lovely rock beds on the way up. Had our kids with us and it was definitely a challenge for them. We would consider it moderate to hard.

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Kayla Downs
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Great trail!! Did it 4/10 and was hardly muddy. Get there early to beat the Saturday crowds! Definitely a moderate/challenging hike and I saw many who looked under-prepared. Well worth the hike for the views and the fire tower!

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Jeff Svatek
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Nice trail, rocky, not too muddy. Our route was 4.3 miles, so a tad longer than the description says. But my 3 kids ages 3, 6, and 9 were able to the whole trail.

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Zach Austin
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Tough Hike, Very steep, all rocks

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Jonathan Rubin
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

I, my 15 year old son and our dog hiked yesterday. The views at summit are outstanding. It must be breathtaking in the fall. As for the trail, the snow is gone and the mud is limited and manageable if you have proper hiking shoes. However, this is a tough hike. It’s a hard vertical and unless you are a hardcore Iron-Man type, it will challenge you. Do not do this hike if you don’t have proper shoes or aren’t prepared to work.

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Ariadne Lie
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great climb to beautiful views, blue sky day!!

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Alex Levitz
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Samantha Davis
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Well marked trail with some mud in areas where the stream runs, with hiking boots this was no problem. Some icy spots on the way up, but the sun melted them away by the time we came down!

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Krista Serth
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Another great fire tower! Busy trail head. Blue bird day, crazy views

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Christian Pennotti
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Had a gorgeous day. Very little snow / ice left and a full stream accompanying us all the way up and back. A great first summit for our 4 and 8 year olds.

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Sara Thompson
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Fun, challenging trail. Feels a lot longer than 3.4 miles due to nature of the trail and different terrain, sorta feels like climbing a mini high peak. Spikes recommended about halfway up. Lots of mud, deep in some spots. The flat rocks are wet and slippery! Even with my good boots, got just the wrong footing and wiped out on my but and slid down (no injury) started early and caught the sunrise on the way up! Gorgeous day

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