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 MZ on 8/5/2013
Invigorating hike,great views.The fire tower was only accessible to the 4th tier.There was a very nice informative DEC volunteer up there that answered questions and gave the history,unexpected bonus. PS If you lost your keys,1 chevy,1 toyota one generic key.They were at the sign as of 8/4
Reviewed by Bill on 7/12/2013
Had a great time today with my grandchildren. Think,I may have lost my caners somewhere coming down
Reviewed by BOTH on 7/4/2013
We did this hike today. It was slow going up. Steady steep terrain and rocks, rocks, rocks. When we got to the top there were nice flat rocks and the firetower. The view was a great reward. We should have brought a picnic lunch! Poles for going down would have been helpful and you definitely should wear hiking boots.
Reviewed by A.R. on 5/28/2013
Hiked up Hadley on Memorial Day. Great day, great hike. My four year old boy did very well on it. Some steep spots, but the views make up for it. Will hike again for sure.
Reviewed by cec on 5/7/2013
the hike is going up right from the parking lot. but take your time and the top is worst it all. i hiking pole for the way down would be helpful. get out there is see it for yourself. i've done it 5x and will do it again this fall, great veiw.
Reviewed by Cm on 4/1/2013
Awesome hike. Snow made this hike a bit tricker, but it was well worth it. Some good climbing in some points. Fire tower and views are all worth it. Highly recommend this hike to anyone local
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?
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