Thursday, June 20, 2013
Hadley Mountain: 06/15/2013
Hadley Mountain and its firetower have an interesting history. The tower was constructed in 1917 and was among the first to be built of steel. Aerial surveillance eventually made the firetower obsolete, and by the 1980s the Hadley tower and dozens like it throughout the Adirondacks were slated for removal as non-conforming structures.
While many towers were ultimately removed, local grass-roots support groups formed to save some of the firetowers as historic and educational resources. The Hadley Mountain Fire Tower Committee was among the earliest groups to organize, and in the mid- ‘90s the fire tower was restored. In recent summers the fire tower committee has co-sponsored a summit steward with the DEC.
If you’re interested in more firetower hikes, pick up Views from on High, a guidebook to 28 firetower hikes in the Adirondacks and Catskills. The author, Jack Freeman, is the founder of the Hadley Mountain Fire Tower Committee. You might also be interested in completing the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Fire Tower Challenge by climbing at least 18 (out of 23) Adirondack firetower summits and 5 Catskill firetower summits.