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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.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 1,561 ft Route type Out & 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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Briana Casey
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HikingGreat!Muddy

The trail was marked well, the route was moderate at some point but primarily easy. Mind your footing this time of year (fall) I witnessed the wet leaves and mud claim many victims that day. The view at the top is beautiful, for a short hike it’s very rewarding.

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Renée B
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Beautiful and icy. Be prepared to deal with the water that has been melting and re-freezing on the rocks. Great view. Easy hike. Fire tower was locked, but we still climbed the stairs and took some photos.

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John Morris
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Meagan K
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Aileen Sandoval
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Easy to follow and beautiful! Also busy, steep and muddy. Dress in layers — windy and cold at the top. We used walking poles, and took the dog. She is a great dog, but tough to manage on the way down. All in all a really great day!

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Robin Hudak
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Kelly Moody
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Trail was easy to follow. At times the trail was worn down to the bed rock some of which was dry some of which was wet with leaves making it a little bit tricky. Erratics and boulders could be found lining parts of the trail as well as a rock face you went through. Overall a great morning blue sky’s temperature was 32 when I started 57 when I finished,

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Debora Leahey
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Did this hike in September 2019 but wanted to post review now because have come to appreciate feedback in this app. Stunning views from top. Worth the steep ascent. Hiked it with nephew and my my mom 73 at the time. Was challenging for her but she did it. Left trailhead at 2:30 pm. We descended from trial into parking lot after dark. Much wildlife. Gorgeous area for not being that remote.

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Shayna Greene
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Ali Harris
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Would be a great hike when the trail is dry and before the leaves fell. Definitely muddy and slippery. Much cautious foot-placement required. Besides that, a nice hike. Steady but manageable grade to the summit, and an excellent view at the top. Busy trail today. Would recommend to a friend.

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sasha higgins
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Very steep in the beginning. But overall a good hike

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Jeana Caywood
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This is a challenging and breathtaking hike with an incredible view. The fire tower up top looks like a lot of fun to climb. I'm always with my dog so I don't get to partake. :) There's also a pretty cool little shack that used to be for the ranger to live up there.

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Mark Wells
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Frank Schaefer
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Tim McGinnis
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Matthew Callaghan
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Very rocky and a little muddy in a few spots. Wear appropriate footwear and it’ll help. Took us 2 hours and 30 minutes up and down. Did this as a family with two kids. View was amazing.

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Clea Stagnitti
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Beautiful views even from the trail-you don’t have to wait until you get to the peak. Nice variety of trees and one of the best views at the peak.

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Jacky Torrisi
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This was an enjoyable hike! We brought our two dogs and made it to the top. The fire tower is great, the views from the top are amazing. The summit is very open & wide so it’s easy to distance from others at the top if you want to relax and enjoy the views. Very windy at the top though. The trail is well marked and mostly proceeds along bare rock. Good shoes are a must, especially with the fallen leaves. If you’re on the fence about hiking Hadley, my suggestion is to just go for it

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James Crisalli
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David Barbagelata
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Jen White
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Phew, this one was definitely a good steady climb the whole way up. Hiked this one on October 17, 2020 to check it off the firetower challenge. It was BUSY, on our way down, we got a late start. I highly recommend going early!!! If you bring dogs that pull and like to visit with others, keep in mind there are a lot of rock faces that get slippery and you cant grip to slow yourself down when the dog pulls and wants to go.... an observed event. Had quite the wait to get in the tower but man, those views are spectacular. Not my favorite to get into being a ladder at the top... scary! Glad i did it though.

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Rachel Vickery
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Awesome view at the top! Good exercise for a quick hike.

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Hayly Stein
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I WISH I DID NOT HAVE TO TYPE THIS, BUT IF YOU HAVE TO SHIT WHILE YOU ARE HIKING, DO NOT DO IT ON THE SIDE OF THE TRAIL. About halfway up the trail this morning, our dog found a large pile of human waste, with piles of wet wipes to add insult to injury. Needless to say, we gagged the rest of the way up and back down the mountain with our dog who smelled like a septic tank. PLEASE educate yourself a on proper mountain stewardship if you are new to hiking. I am an adirondack local and I am fed up with the disrespect for our trails from out of town tourists. Pick up your garbage. Dig holes for your waste. It is not rocket science.

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Trish Nguyen
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This is one you can do and redo.

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Richard DelBonis II
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