Hadley Mtn is a 2675 foot mountain in the Southern Adirondacks that Carol and I climbed in October, 1998. Because there was a hurricane offshore and July 3 and 4 were very rainy, especially near to the coast, I thought Hadley Mtn would be a good, dry place to go hiking. About a third of the trail consists of walking on bedrock, and the rest of the trail is steep and well drained. The weather was excellent: about 73 degrees, fairly sunny, and very windy. The wind came and went but was especially gusty near the summit.
When I arrived at 11:50 AM there were 50 cars parked in the parking area and along the road. I met many hikers coming down. There were a lot of families. Many people had well behaved dogs on leashes. I never one of these dogs bark the entire day. I passed three groups on the way up, and a few groups passed me. The trail was fairly dry and it was not buggy. I passed some interesting boulders and some rowan trees with berries. There was an area with rampant polyganum multiflorum, a Chinese vine I have also seen on Bald Mtn in Mendon Vt. Just before the top I stopped to see the old abandoned fire warden's cabin, which had a porch with a couple of chairs on it.
By 1:32 I reached the top and had lunch. After that I went up the firetower as high as you could go, the top area being locked. There were great views of Lake Sacandaga and I think the largest mountain nearby was Crane Mtn. I couldn't figure out what the other mountains were. The wind shook the fire tower in tremendous gusts.
At 2:10 PM I started down, taking my time. I was back out at 4:03 PM. The hike is short and steep, about 1500 feet up. It's really a very enjoyable, scenic hike and the main reason why I have only climbed it twice is because it is a bit of a drive to get to and not all that easy to find. But the hike is well worth it.