Hadley Mountain Trail

MODERATE 288 reviews
#2 of 177 trails in

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
1 day ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

I didn't love this hike and neither did any of the other 5 members of the hike (2 adutls, 3 teens).
It is buggy as others have mentioned. There isn't a lot to look at on the way to the summit. It is steep with very little relief. I feel like this trail should be marked difficult or moderate/difficult. It is certainly not comparable to other moderate trails we have done on this app.
The view at the top was nice, but I wouldn't describe it as amazing or spectacular. If I was in the neighborhood again I would find another trail rather than do this hike again.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Challenging on the hottest day of the year. Had difficulty finding the trail head initially (I didn't know to drive all the way to the end of the road). Many unrelenting flies at the top, so I didn't stay too long, but the views were incredible.

Challenging but so rewarding at the end. Great hike!

13 days ago

Loved it! Definitely need to be clear that even though it's a short hike it's vertical!

hiking
13 days ago

Excellent trail. Not too challenging but not too easy.

15 days ago

Wow!! What a hike!! So worth it though. Amazing views!

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike with my wife and dogs. Beautiful view from the top.

hiking
16 days ago

Perfect morning hike. Rock was a bit slippery but the view was great. Shout out to our Guide Adrian. Go Bears!

18 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike, challenging at points, views were awesome. Lots of wild blueberries at the top. Getting in the cab of the tower was a little sketchy..,

21 days ago

Moderate to hard w 2 daughters (ages 13-8), Late July, 80 degree day, clear skies.

hiking
23 days ago

The view was amazing.Trail is a little wet and muddy.

hiking
24 days ago