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Columbus Day Hike

Hadley Mountain

The pack will be meeting at the United Methodist Church parking lot at 8am on Monday October 12th.
After a brief orientation everyone will proceed to the Hadley Mountain trail head. Families are responsible for
their own transportation or to arrange for car pooling.

The hike is about 1.8 miles each way with a moderate incline. The actual hike should take about 4 hours. Be sure to pack 
a lunch or snack and plenty of water.

Here is a Map and direction from the church to the trail head parking. 
Milton Ave
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
1.Head north on Milton Ave toward Ford St
0.3 mi
2.Turn left at South St
82 ft
3.Take the 1st right onto Milton Ave
0.1 mi
4.Slight right at Rowland St
3.7 mi
5.Continue on County Rte-47/Rowland St Ext
0.8 mi
6.Continue on Petrified Gardens Rd
1.0 mi
7.Continue on Lester Park Rd
0.5 mi
8.Continue on Grange Rd
2.2 mi
9.Turn left at NY-9N/Rte-9N
Continue to follow NY-9N
8.7 mi
10.Slight right at Maple St
0.3 mi
11.Turn left at Main St/NY-9N
Continue to follow NY-9N
3.9 mi
12.Slight left at County Rte-1/Old Corinth Rd
Continue to follow County Rte-1
4.6 mi
13.Turn left at Hadley Hill Rd
4.3 mi
14.Turn right at Tower Rd
Destination will be on the left
1.2 mi
Tower Rd

The 40 foot Aermotor tower originated in 1916. Its original steel ladder up the side was a safety concern, and eventually wooden stairs were installed in 1918. These stairs did not survive the weather well, so in 1929 some permanent steel stairs replaced the wooden ones. However, before these steel stairs were put in, in 1919 the tower was blown over in a wind storm but was quickly repaired and back in use within a year. The tower closed in the 1970s and remained unused until it was restored in 1995-1996 by the Hadley Fire Tower Committee with the help of the DEC ranger corps.



From the tower you can see the Green Mountain range to the east, The Great Sacandaga Lake to the south, and a few High Peaks of the Adirondacks to the north. On a really clear day you can see the Catskills to the south as well. Spruce Mountain, also a fire tower mountain, is to the west. The cute little bald mountain below is called Roundtop.


Length: 1.8 Miles (each way)
Elevation Gain: 1525'
Summit Elevation: 2675'
Scenery: Forest
Trail Conditions: Slab Rock, Dirt

Trailhead: Tower Road, Hadley