This hike was a challenge. In the grand scheme of things, it is not a hard hike. BUT when your dad, who could run up a mountain with no issues takes the lead, bad things happen. Needless to say, I’m always the hike leader now.
We arrived at the trail head, which was PACKED with cars. We ended up having to park on the side of the street, down quite a ways from the trail head.
My dad took the lead and about a half mile in, I wanted to die, so much so I almost saw breakfast come back up behind a rock. Thank goodness I could hide behind that nice boulder, how embarrassing. We spent about a half hour sitting there so I could make sure breakfast remained in my stomach, catch my breath and decide whether we should continue.
I’m really not one to admit defeat… So I was determined to reach the top. After I started to feel a little better, and several passersby asked if we were okay, we made our way to the top, at sloth pace. I should have taken a photo of the boulder that saved my life, but quite honestly the entire way up I was just hoping I could make it in one piece.
And. I. Did. It took us an hour and a half (including the stop time) to make it to the summit, which is probably pretty good timing.
The summit of Hadley isn’t entirely open, though there are great views.
And I’m sure the veiws are even better from the Fire Tower. My dad attempted that one, but in my semi-weak state, I wasn’t about to try that.
If you are wondering, making it to the top of the fire tower is not a requirement to complete the Fire Tower Challenge. THANK GOODNESS.
We had a snack and then the clouds came rolling in. Rain was on the way!
We made good time on the way down. I was feeling back up to snuff!
- Date: May 25, 2014
- Who Hiked: Dad, Me
- Route/Trails: Hadley Mountain Trail
- Conditions: trails were wet and slippery
- Trip Stats: 3.6 miles, 1500ft elevation gain
For more information on Hadley, where to find the trail head, and more specific route details, click here.