A 360˚ panoramic view of Great Sacandaga Lake, Vermont, the Adirondack high peaks, and the Catskills can be seen from the Hadley Mountain summit.
The trail to the summit is a moderate hike of 3.6 miles round trip with 1525’ elevation gain. The trail has red trail markers from the parking lot to the summit guiding the way.
Hadley Mountain is a 1525’ peak in the southern Adirondack Mountains, the highest of 3 peaks on West Mountain Ridge. The mountain is west of popular Lake George in the town of Hadley.
The mountain was noteworthy with construction of a fire tower in 1916. The fire tower was installed in response to substantial fires in the early 1900’s. The 40 foot Aeromotor model # LL-25 fire tower was purchased to replace the earlier wood tower in 1916 with completion in early 1917.
This was one of the first ten steel towers used in the state in 1919. This fire tower has a 7’ by 7’ steel cab on top. Wooden stairways were installed on fire towers, with landings. A kit was available to produce a permanent stairway.
The tower was decommissioned in 1990 due to a change to aerial surveillance. Volunteers in 1996 restored the tower. It is open to the public with a steward during summer. The old ranger cabin can be seen below the summit.
Directions to trailhead
From Hadley drive north on route 1, and left on Stony Creek Road. Drive west on Hadley Hill road onto Tower Road to trailhead parking lot (capacity 12 cars).
Hadley is a town of 1,971 population at 1,778’ within Adirondack Park. It is 2 miles southwest of Lake Luzerne and 20 miles south west of Glens Falls. Named after Hadley Massachusetts it had its first settlers in 1788.
Lake Luzerne is a town of 3,219 population on the east bank of the Hudson River at an elevation of 1,191. A lake west of the town has the same name. The town had its first permanent settlers in 1770. It is known for its Adirondack Folk School and Lake Luzerne Chamber Music Festival.
At capacity the Great Sacandaga Lake surface area is 41.7 square miles and 29 miles long. Providing flood protection, it’s also a tourist attraction and boon to its economy. The public boat launches, beaches and campgrounds are on the shores of the lake.
A record 46-pound Northern Pike was caught in the lake in 1940 in the lake. The lakes name Sacandaga in the local native language means ‘Land of the Waving Grass’. Seventy percent of the cost of lake management is paid by funds from the dam’s hydroelectric turbines.
Hadley is a 2 ¾ hour drive of 237 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east to Amsterdam exiting to route 30 driving north to route 29 before Great Sacandaga Lake. Drive east to Saratoga Springs then north on route 9N to Hadley.
Here is one visitors comment on the hike:
“Great views even on a cloudy day.”