Hadley Mountain Trail

MODERATE 445 reviews
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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

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.

10 days ago

Perfectly lovely trail. Get there early for parking lots of people. Nice visit to the top. Went with a two year old German Shepherd and there was no problem at all. Fairly easy all the way.

15 days ago

Gets your blood pumping..great views..use walking sticks if you got them..takes about an hour up.

hiking
18 days ago

Fun hike with the family. Certainly a lot of exercise, constant uphill. Cool fire tower, pretty views at the summit. Felt great to have a rest and a snack at the top. But going back down was not fun, lol.

18 days ago

Great hike, great views. It was a little wet when we went. The black flies were insane,a couple shots of deet took care of that. Definitely recommend this hike

18 days ago

pleasant hike. the whole trail is an incline from head to the summit. think climbing stairs. i would not suggest doi g on a rainy day as there are large portions on granite slabs. great 360 views and a fire tower you can climb om the top.

hiking
19 days ago

Such a fun time! We hiked this mountain with our 4 kids. 3 hours roundtrip. Be prepared to climb!

20 days ago

Nothing more to add to recent reviews. For less crowds try a weekday or early weekend morning. The new porta potty is fancy! This would be an ideal sunset hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Steady uphill trek right from the trailhead over bedrock, large rocks, and hard-pack dirt. Somewhat sparsely marked by red trail discs, but the trail is very clearly defined. We believe the “moderate” rating is accurate due to the sustained uphill grade. Walking poles/sticks will come in very useful for those with knee/back issues. Saw lots of kids and dogs on the trail during our descent.

walking
25 days ago

My two nieces, six year old beagle basset and I hiked this yesterday! it is moderate, because of the incline. The rocks make it feel like the hike burns and hurts more. We loved it though, awesome view from the top and awesome view from the tower! :)

1 month ago

Great hike, but very steep all the way up with lots of slippery rock surfaces. The dog did great. Bring shoes with good tread!

1 month ago

Tougher than I was expecting as it is a steady incline nearly the entire way. The view is absolutely worth the climb and the fire tower is incredible from the top. 2hrs roundtrip.

1 month ago

This was a difficult hike mostly up steep terrain. Coming down is slippery -bring walking sticks. I would call this more than moderate difficulty.

hiking
1 month ago

For sure one of the more difficult hikes we have been on. It was a challenging hike but very rewarding and beautiful at the summit. Prepare to get your heart rate up. Great for older kids...not for younger ones....and our King Charles loved the hike....recommend for all but bear in mind...this is no cake walk!

1 month ago

Hadley was a lot steeper than I was led to believe. The view at the top was worth it though! My Fitbit tracked it to be more than 4 miles, not the 3.4 listed above.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike, Decent incline- Worth the views. check out the back side once at top, awesome views!

2 months ago

Steady incline for most of the hike with several areas being solid rock with no ground covering (which we referred to as sidewalk). Great views but quite busy!

2 months ago

I hiked this trail last weekend as the first stop (chosen at random) for the Firetower Challenge. Fairly straight forward, it was steeper than I expected at some points but I’m also pretty out of shape. Views were amazing up at the fire tower and the steward was friendly and helpful in answering everyone’s questions. Lots of dogs and kids on the trail that day, which was nice to see. I would definitely hike it again.

2 months ago

Love hiking Hadley in the fall. Awesome views!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike with a great 369 view. Trail was easy to follow but a steady slope starting right at the trail head and continuing to the top. Trail was dry throughout the climb today, buggy at times.

2 months ago

great hike, kind of steep, but not extreme. good hike to get warmed up early in the season for longer, more strenuous hikes.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty straight forward hike. Harder than I thought. View at top was worth it.

2 months ago

Great one for a short hike to a firetower and a good vista

2 months ago

Beautiful day and gorgeous hike. The trail is easy to follow. It was still a little chilly at the top but it was perfect.

2 months ago

spectacular hike with great views. there was a steward working when we arrived. we learned a lot about the area

hiking
3 months ago

I'm pretty fit and active and I found this mountain a challenge. pretty steep the whole way up with little relief but the views make up for it. didn't stay at the top for very long as the flies were killer!

hiking
3 months ago

Took my sister up for her first hike ever. Incredible views! Trail was well marked and easy to follow. Black flies up top we’re insane though!

3 months ago

another great little hike.. great views at the top.. with a bonus Fire Tower.. up and down in an hour and 45 minutes.. there are some steep sections though.. would definitely recommend this hike.. to anybody in good condition

3 months ago

A good workout for a nice day

hiking
3 months ago

Loved the trail. Beautiful view on the top. It was a little steeper than expected

3 months ago

I would definitely recommend this hike to anyone who's physically active. I, however, just had a child, and was not prepared for how steep the trail was. all in all, it was a beautiful hike, the trek back down was a little unnerving though due to the steepness.

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