Hadley Mountain Trail

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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.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,561 feet 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.

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snow
1 hour ago

Trail was nicely marked. Snowy conditions with many very icy spots. Still a nice trail and great view at the top!

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1 day ago

Trail is somewhat steep the whole way through and not in great condition. Very stony and eroded. Done a few hundred hikes and this was the only one that's ever put me on crutches (admittedly just for the night)... and not because of a fall. But the views from the summit are amazing.

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icy
6 days ago

First half of the trail is fine, about halfway the ice starts. Wasn’t terrible, just be careful! Great view as always

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muddy
12 days ago

Getting there: (as of 11/3/19) From points south, google will tell you to turn down Eddy Rd. to access Tower Rd., but Tower Rd. is actually closed in that direction. Instead, continue down Hadley Hill Rd. until you hit Tower on the right (there’s even a sign for the trailhead). Trail was pretty wet and slick from downed leaves, but no ice to speak of yet. With a faster-than-leisurely pace, it took 40 minutes up and 38 down. The first 0.9 miles is a pretty good uphill, but you’re rewarded with a quarter mile reprieve before the last 0.4 or so summit push. Even with all of the fall foliage gone, the views are still stunning - Hadley is probably one of the best payoffs for the short mileage!

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rocky
17 days ago

Very wet. Trail was covered with wet leaves, acorns, and sometime mud. Took me about 2 hours 45 min round trip due to the conditions. Only slipped 2x!! Thank goodness for hiking poles!! Would hike again in nicer weather-view from the tower was still worth it!

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rocky
18 days ago

Enjoyed this hike on Hadley mtn even though it was wet and slippery out today and cloudy and windy at the top. Took me a little under 3 hours round trip and I was going pretty slow and steady on the way up and cautious on the way down. It's pretty short and the views from the fire tower are great!

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rocky
19 days ago

This was much harder than we anticipated. it took 2 hours to the tower and 1.5 hours to come back down. It was slippery and very wet, but it was worth it! Definitely wear hiking shoes if you want dry feet.

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20 days ago

Not too hard for most beginners but I’d do another smaller shorter hike first but its a constant climb in elevation the first half and from about .5 to .9 is a really steep section on bedrock but after you get to the point where on the mountain your sorta in a valley and the trees get smaller and thinner the hike becomes alot more mello with just a few more climbs but its not that bad. The top has a decent amount of exposed peak with good views looking towards sacandaga and the west and a little bit of views looking east but the fire tower offers panoramic views but the top part of the tower is locked right now, im assuming because the steward isnt up there this time of the year. We overnighted about 50 feet from the exposed part of the peak in the woods on top of the mountain, hammocked from some hardwoods with a tarp over head but the temp droped probably 10 degrees cooler than the town of Hadley because your on a mountain and it rained the first half of the night but then we got up at 4 to look at the stars and saw in total 6 shooting stars. Then sun glowed and all the valleys had clouds and the sunrise was beautiful. Definitely would recommend this hike too all.

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muddy
28 days ago

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rocky
28 days ago

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28 days ago

Nice day hike through all the colorful leaves. Couldn't have asked for a better time to be in the area. Pretty steady incline all the way up but nothing too difficult. This one has a fire tower to climb at the top too.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

A steep hike but well worth the view on a clear day. Almost 360° views at the top without even going up the fire tower.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate hike, gets steep the last half mile leading up to the top. Stunning views up top and on the fire tower!

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rocky
1 month ago

Totally worth the effort. Agree that first mile is straight up.

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muddy
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

A great hike in the southern Adirondacks! Definitely a solid workout in the first mile with it being constant up, but you are awarded beautiful views at the top. This is a BUSY trailhead, so if you are looking for a quiet, serene hike, this is not the one. A constant stream of passing people and sharing the summit with many folks on a weekend is what you’ll get.

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1 month ago

We have climbed Hadley many times. A hot fall day, to many clothes. Rookie hiker mistake. Night hike to see the stars, beautiful but cold for a summer night, we are learning. Night hike with the boys to see the sunset, used the new jet boiler to cook some Mountain Top meals. The Stars were captivating. The moon shown bright. We had a lot of clothes but at 32 the wind was overwhelming. Great Expedition!

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rocky
1 month ago

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