Summary: 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 wide trail takes you to the ridge of the West mountain range. You then turn right and head North to the summit. Shortly before reaching the summit, you will see the old fire observer's cabin (now used by the summit steward).
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.
Trailhead: From Saratoga, take Rte 9N going north.
When you reach the village of Lake Luzerne, turn left at first light onto East River Drive.
Turn left onto Bridge Street. Turn right onto Stony Creek Rd (CR1).
After 3 miles, turn left onto Hadley Hill Rd. Continue for 4 miles. Turn right onto Tower Rd (gravel road). The parking area is on the left after 1.5 miles.
Trail Guides for Hadley Mountain:
50 Hikes in the Adirondacks
by Barbara McMartin (Backcountry Guides)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: NYS DEC Region 5 Forest Ranger (518) 696-2893
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by RFitz on 6/16/2012
Hiked this mountain yesterday with a group of fourth graders. There were a few black flies but a ton of gnats. They were very annoying. The trail was muddy in spots and slippery especially coming down the mountain. The view was beautiful and rewarding. The only reason that I rated it 3 stars is that I am not much of a hiker and I don't plan on hiking it again. Otherwise, it deserves 4 stars.
Reviewed by Rich on 6/15/2012
Wanting to hike Hadley Mtn. this sunday June 17th. Does anyone know how the black flies are presently?
Reviewed by Mel on 5/29/2012
Good hike but the bugs (black flies) were awful! On a positive note, it's a relatively short hike for the awesome views.
Reviewed by BDGeorge on 5/21/2012
A little bit buggy but it was beautiful
Reviewed by Matt on 4/5/2012
A little tough going up, wear good boots. A hiking pole helps up and down. Very windy at the top, but good views. No snow or ice left, just a little wet in spots.
Reviewed by D-Pott on 3/12/2012
Really nice hike with perfect weather. The trail is mostly ice but you can usually get enough traction on the sides in snow or spotty grass. I took my three kids (7,5,3) and they made it all the way to the fire tower. We'll definitely be doing this climb a few times during the year!
Reviewed by BC on 2/26/2012
Beautiful area, just driving in was amazing. There was a little snow on the trail which made it slippery and tough to climb and really hard to come back down but it was gorgeous. CA's GPS tip worked pefectly, definitely the way to go, but Tower Rd is pretty rough, so be warned. Overall a great day hike.
Reviewed by CA on 10/15/2011
Beautiful fall hike. I was glad to have my hiking boots as the trail was very wet from recent rains and got even wetter when it started to pour as I made my way down. The trail is basically a stream bed for much of the way, or it was today. I took about an hour and a half to the summit, which I chalk up to the slippery conditions and the fact that I'm not in any particular shape. The view of Great Sacandaga Lake was lovely even in the rain. GPS tip: use "Tower Rd, Hadley, NY" as the address and your GPS will lead you right to it. Once on the dirt road, look for the sign indicating trailhead parking.
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