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
1561 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

snow

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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19 days ago

Pretty easy hike overall steady uphill go. I did this after it had rained and it was foogy so no views but it was nice to just be hiking in the adk. I will do again on a clear day . Another fire tower down

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25 days ago

Excellent trail of average difficulty. It is a steady incline all the way to the summit, but should be manageable for most people. Some sections of the trail are over smooth granite which will be slick if wet. Fire tower at the summit provides excellent 360 degree views of Great Sacandaga Lake and Adirondack Park. Would not recommend making the climb on a cloudy day. The views are decent, but can only be truly appreciated on a clear day. Arrive early as the parking lot tends to fill quickly.

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1 month ago

Great hike but harder than expected. It goes up up up with no switchbacks. View was awesome.

1 month ago

Amazing views at the top but it can get crowded fast.

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1 month ago

this trail is quite steep but child and dog friendly. The only concern about the trail I had today was the lack of parking as there were so many people there today.

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1 month ago

Great views & foliage today - fire tower was locked at the top unfortunately but could go to the landing.

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1 month ago

Somewhat challenging and felt like it was almost entirely an incline ! But the views made it SO worth it !

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1 month ago

Not too long of a hike but was definitely difficult in some areas due to the continuous steep incline. We made sure to take a few breaks. We arrived around 930am, parking area was full. It wasn't too highly trafficked until our descend. I would say the earlier the better to get started, however you may end up with cloudy/hazy views. Views are great from the firetower. Insects started to become a little bothersome at the summit. All in all, a nice hike.

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Best hike yet! Definitely worth with uphill hike when you get to the beautiful views at the top. Plus the Seward is very nice, knowledgeable, and kind offering to take pictures and answer any questions. He made the experience unforgettable!

1 month ago

Great hike with a spectacular view from the top. I feel there should be markers along the way to let you know what distance you are along the trail.

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