Hadley Mountain Fire Tower hike, Southern Adirondacks

kwc

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Our string of nice weather continued today so I decided to tackle Hadley Mountain to the Fire Tower. I have done this hike a bunch of times including the winter. It’s not long at 3.5 miles round trip but the elevation gain going up is 1545 feet in 1.75 miles. Since today was a holiday there were quite a few people on the summit but most of them left while I eating my snacks at the summit. Not quite an @scatman marathon hike but definitely one that has you working up a sweat.

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Rock sidewalk on the way up the trail
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looking back down the trail
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up we go … rocks and leaves and some mud along the way
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some interesting mini cliffs and rocks along the way
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more rock sidewalk heading up the trail
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almost to the ridge line …
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The trail along the ridge but we’re still climbing
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From inside the tower … most of these old towers are wide open but this one has been restored with plexiglass windows.
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another view from inside. There’s a map on the old spotter’s table which is a nice touch
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the Great Sacandaga Lake off in the distance
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The tower which was built in 1920. Restored probably 20 years ago.


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view from the summit
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the observer’s cabin. It is utilized in the summer by the summit steward. I think this is the only summit with a steward outside of the high peaks region.
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looks like a partially collapsed root cellar behind the cabin
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closer view of the Great Sacandaga Lake which is really a dammed up portion of the Sacandaga River. Dammed in the 1930s for flood control downstream. There are a couple of towns and quite a number of farms under that lake.
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