Hadley Mountain Trail

MODERATE 266 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.

hiking
5 hours ago

Like another review this is more moderate to hard, depending on your overall fitness. Lovely 360 view from the fire tower and the park ranger was there to provide info (he is there 5 days a week in summer).

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21 hours ago

Trail is pretty rocky and there is a lot of bedrock that can be slick when wet. Awesome views from the top even though the fire tower was closed.

hiking
2 days ago

Trail is pretty rocky and there is a lot of bedrock that can be slick when wet. Awesome views from the top even though the fire tower was closed.

hiking
3 days ago

I took 5 kids ranging in age from 5-10. It was a wonderful experience with a rewarding view. Despite the rain in recent weeks the rangers have done an amazing job keeping up the trail.

3 days ago

Steep trail a lot of rock the whole way up! Got caught in a thunderstorm on the way down. Quite scary on the way down in the pouring rain with 4 kids! But beautiful view.

5 days ago

Much harder than I thought it would be. Totally worth the effort.

hiking
8 days ago

Gorgeous trail and amazing view

9 days ago

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13 days ago

A little more challenging than moderate - lots of slippery spots and basically entirely uphill. But payoff is worth it.

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14 days ago

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15 days ago

Idk if I would consider this a moderate hike, it was very challenging. Good views from the top. Cabin had little cards that said you climbed Hadley mountain. There's a hole in the woods like a little cave next to the cabin...we didn't go in that! Bring bug spray and wear boots that help with slickness bc if the rocks are wet, it's going to be tough coming down especially and it's pretty much all rock

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful 360 view at the top even though fire tower cab was locked

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