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Hadley Mountain has long been one of the most popular hiking destinations in the southern Adirondacks. Forming the western block of a larger complex labelled West Mountain on USGS topos, one sees several boulders and outcrops near the trail leading to the firetower, but there is a lot more hidden from view of hikers. Taller cliffs lie tucked away in several places.
The only sane public access is the Hadley Mountain Trailhead, itself a difficult item to locate. Take Northway exit 21 and head south to Luzerne. When Lake Luzerne lies close to the road to the left (by the school), take a right, driving downhill and turning sharply left into town. Turn right and cross the Hudson River above Rockwell Falls, then continue another 1/10th mile and turn right onto Hadley-Stony Creek Road. Drive about five minutes and take a left onto Hadley Mtn. Road. Drive along until you see Tower Road and take a right. Tower Road is a rough, dirt road; drive it to the trailhead.
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Featured Route For West-Hadley-Roundtop Ridge
Climb the left-facing corner to its top at the bottom of the large right-facing corner marking the right end of the huge roof system. Climb up this dihedral to a scary, committing move up and our left onto the arete and onto a sloping ledge. Traverse 10' left to a small right-facing corner/crack system. Climb up this and then follow right-arching cracks and features up to the top of the cliff.A direct send straight up the seam through the overhanging face above the main dihedral has yet to be do...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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