Scenic and Destination Hikes Central Adirondack Association Region
Length: a 2.8 mile round trip
The Hadley Mountain Fire Observation Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 23, 2001 for its role as a Fire lookout tower with the New York State Forest Preserve. Hadley Mountain is the highest of the three peaks that form the West Mountain ridge in the Wilcox Wilderness area.1
Hadley Mountain is a popular hike, short in distance, yet achieving a sharp elevation gain of 1525 ft. The summit offers outstanding views of the Southern Adirondack Mountains and especially the Great Sacandaga Lake.
The only trail begins from the trailhead parking area next to the Historic Marker and begins an immediate climb. One will notice many patches of bare rock that begin early in the climb. This is due to the thin soils left by numerous forest fires.
A moderate climb following red trail markers leads through woodland on a mostly bedrock trail. Crossing back and forth over a small creek (dry in summer), the trail continues steeply past interesting boulders and cliffs to a level shoulder at about 1.0 mile. Following this brief gentle section the trail steepens and continues mostly on bedrock to the summit. Outstanding panoramas can be viewed from clearings along the final 0.5 mile to the summit. Shortly before reaching the summit, you will see the old fire observer's cabin (now used by the summit steward in July and August).
At the summit, a firetower affords a commanding 360 degree panorama, taking in Great Sacandaga Lake, the surrounding southern Adirondacks and the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.
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.
Information compiled from www.localhikes.com, www.visitadirondacks.com and 1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadley_Mountain