Hike the Adirondack's Hadley Mountain

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Distance

3.6 miles

Elevation Gain

1545 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by The Outbound Collective

Hike up Hadley Mountain to reach the fire tower at the open summit and take in views of Great Sacandaga Lake.

Hadley Mountain historically has faced its share of forest fires. The fires left thin soil, leading to more exposed rock on this fairly quick, scenic hike. Due to the rockiness, when you're thinking about heading out for this hike, be sure to grab a sturdy pair of hiking boots or at least your sturdiest athletic shoes; it's a good idea to have stable footwear with good ankle support.

Because this is a shorter hike, it can get a little crowded at times, so beat the rush and get here early. Once you reach the tower, you can climb up the stairs to get amazing views of Great Sacandaga Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Once you finish the hike, grab a bite at Mollies Mason Jar.

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Enjoyable Day Hike

Given its southerly location, Hadley has a unique and rare view of Sacandaga Lake – visible from both the fire tower and the summit itself.

Breathtaking Views

As a beginner hiker, it was a little strenuous on the way down. It is fairly steep at some points but nothing unmanageable. But for the view, it is so worth it. You can see the Bachelorville Bridge and the Great Sacandaga Lake to one side, and a beautiful Valley of rivers and streams and trees on the mountains. The panoramic view makes the entire trip worth it.

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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