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Elevation: 1,923 ft
GPS: 43.359, -73.972 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Jay Harrison on Dec 14, 2012
Admins: Jim Lawyer
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Description

West Mountain (a long ridge with many subsummits, including 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.
To date, the only major development has taken place on the extreme southern end of the ridge, at a 30' to 90' tall cliff dubbed the Rods'n'Guns Wall. A few other prominent crags have seen minor action, most await serious exploration or development.
Roundtop, the northernmost extension on West Mountain, lies entirely on private property. Its extensive cliffs are not open to the public.

Getting There

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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