Hadley Mountain Trail

MODERATE 244 reviews
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Hadley Mountain Trail is a 3.3 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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1532 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

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.

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8 days ago

We were told by the guide at the top that the trail is 1.8 miles each way for a total of 3.6 miles. The ascent is definitely challenging when the bedrock is wet, but the views at the top were stunningly beautiful.

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9 days ago

I was in the area but didn't have a ton of time to get a hike in before dark so this was perfect - quick but challenging. I'm in good shape and it took me about 45 minutes to reach the summit without any breaks (1.3 miles). The trail starts off real steep from the start, eases up a bit for the third quarter up, then gets steep again to the summit. It was a little quicker on the way down but still took some time due to the steep incline. It was cloudy but the views were still great, plus it was almost 7:00 PM when I reached the summit so I had the mountain entirely to myself.

I was going to hike Sleeping Beauty, but the road there was starting to seem to muddy to bring my rental, so I went with this trail. It was raining and windy and the weather was cooler, so I was fortunate to not deal with bugs. alot of rock on the trail, and it was kind of steep on certain sections, so I had to be careful to not slip, but other than that it was easy, (granted, I'm in shape, if you're out of shape you might take some breaks) the summit was covered with clouds, but even than I enjoyed the solitude. worth it.

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13 days ago

Starts of steep and continues that way until the top. You climb up bedrock the majority of the hike which is cool. The fire tower was pretty cool too! Good short work out.

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21 days ago

New to hiking- pretty challenging. Very steep climb the whole way up! But beyond beautiful views.

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1 month ago

Beautiful view but slip sometime before and after rainfall.

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1 month ago

Wear boots because it's muddy and slippery! Nice mostly steep hike and great views.