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 Matt on 4/4/2016
Me and my buddies found this hike to be very nice. The trail is used a lot by many people so it is very well laid out. It would be very hard to wander off the trail. Some parts were pretty steep so I imagine this would not be a very fun hike in the winter for that reason alone. The summit is very open and spacious, boasting breathtaking views on three sides, four if you climb the fire watchtower, which we did. It was early April when we went so the summit was pretty cold, especially with the constant wind we experienced that day. I don't know if it's always like that but you may want to bring a wind breaker if you plan on staying long. The descent can be tricky if it's wet. I recommend using walking sticks for both ascent and descent
Reviewed by CK on 11/23/2015
Great hike, the view from the top is absolutely stunning, and the fire tower is really neat. Would definately consider it more of a moderate hike than an easy one, especially if you arent too experienced like myself. But in the end the view is worth it all!
Reviewed by OE on 10/12/2015
This hike is easy from the perspective of return on investment. The amount of time you put in getting to the top is minimal compared to the amazing view. Nevertheless, it is continuously steep and therefore should be rated moderate. Wear hiking boots and bring poles or get a stick to come down. Hiked on the most clear, perfect day at the peak of fall colors. Ideal!
Reviewed by Susannah on 7/13/2015
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Reviewed by Steve D on 8/8/2014
To be clear this is not an "Easy" rated hiking trail. This trail is very rocky which makes the descent a little tricky, especially after rains when things can get slippery. The trail is mostly ascending with very little areas that level-off. This should be rated "Moderate". Having said that, the view is still wonderful and the climb can take a couple of hours (to catch your breath) if you're not an experienced hiker.
Reviewed by GS on 6/6/2014
visit the hadley fire tower web site http://www.hadleymtfiretower.org
Reviewed by jgf on 11/16/2013
Beautiful views at top. Very steep and rocky but well maintained. Fire tower on top was partly opened for even better views, however we went up on a very windy and cold day. We had out kids 5&6 and they liked the hike but it was difficult at times for them with the steep slick rocks.
Reviewed by scr on 10/6/2013
good hike, tons of rocks which makes it a little tricky coming back down if you don't watch yourself. The views are well worth the climb, great day hike.
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