Adirondack Park: Hadley Mountain

This family-friendly hike climbs to Hadley Mountain Fire Tower and showcases expansive views of the Adirondack High Peaks and Great Sacandaga Lake.
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This family-friendly hike climbs to Hadley Mountain Fire Tower and showcases expansive views of the Adirondack High Peaks and Great Sacandaga Lake.

Ascend 1,500 feet in 1.5 miles on this summit climb to Hadley Mountain, an Adirondack peak with wide-open views of Great Sacandaga Lake, the High Peaks, and Lake Champlain. Hike west from the small parking area next to Tower Road. Almost immediately, the trail starts its climb to a saddle south of Hadley's summit. After 0.8 mile, crest the saddle and head north.
Next, the path wraps around Hadley's southern slopes and visits the observer's cabin before cresting the summit. On cloud-free days, you'll catch views of the High Peaks, Vermont's Green Mountains and Massachusetts' Berkshires. Look southwest to find Great Sacandaga Lake nestled between wooded hills. A fire tower stands on the southern end of this broad mountaintop. Climb six sets of stairs to reach the top. Return to the trailhead following the same route.
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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.0

Waypoints

HAD001

Location: 43.373916, -73.950445

Hike west from the small parking area next to Tower Road.

HAD002

Location: 43.370804, -73.965433

The trail crests a saddle southeast of Hadley Mountain and rounds to the north for the 0.7-mile stretch to the summit.

HAD003

Location: 43.3745, -73.967943

The trail veers left and cuts across the southern slopes of Hadley Mountain.

HAD004

Location: 43.376491, -73.971124

Turn right at 3-way junction and follow the short spur to the observer's cabin.

HAD005

Location: 43.376501, -73.970633

This wooden cabin has a small covered porch, which offers respite from the wind on blustery days. Return to Waypoint 3 and turn right.

HAD006

Location: 43.37701, -73.970951

Hadley Mountain: On clear days, you'll catch views of the High Peaks, Vermont's Green Mountains and Massachusetts' Berkshires. Look southwest to find Great Sacandaga Lake nestled between wooded hills. A fire tower stands on the southern end of this broad mountaintop. Climb six sets of stairs to reach the top.

Hadley Mountain Fire Tower

Location: 43.376783, -73.970939

Observer's Cabin

Location: 43.376497, -73.970572

Hadley Mountain Fire Tower

Location: 43.376828, -73.970974

Hadley Mountain Fire Tower

Location: 43.376887, -73.970985

Summit Views

Location: 43.377015, -73.970851

Views of Great Sacandaga Lake

Location: 43.377015, -73.970899