Goodnow Mountain Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews
#20 of 177 trails in

Goodnow Mountain Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Newcomb, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles 1115 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

over grown

rocky

2 days ago

Amazing views from the tower. Trailhead it right down the road from ESF.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail on January 21st as a winter Firetower challenge. The day was pretty foggy, warm for January...excellent for hiking but the views from the tower were obscured by fog. Pretty easy steady climb with gradual switchbacks. Near the top you will find an old barn which is ~ 0.2 to 0.3 from the tower. The trail is actually a little over 2 miles and can be easily be completed in ~ 1 hour to the summit and 2.0 hours round trip. Can't wait to hike this trail again in better weather...the views of Goodnow flow and the Essex chain are reviewed as among the best in central ADK.

4 months ago

It started snowing half way up! The view from the top of the tower was of nothing, haha, but still beautiful in its own way. My dog and I LOVED the trail and are so glad we drove the 4 hours from Westchester.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

4 months ago

Not a bad hike. Definitely an easier trail with a gradual incline up the mountain. While hiking, you will see two old abandon cabins. When you get to the second one you are almost to the top; within minutes. You can get into the top of the fire tower and the views are amazing! We went at the peak of fall and it was beautiful!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is really worth it. I am not in shape and it took my 1:07 hours to get on top, was easier than I thought. The panoramic view from the fire tower is simple amazing, especially during this fall day. Do not think of doing this trail without climbing the fire tower or else you're going to regret it :)

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike! Took about 1 hr, 45 minutes to get up and about an hour walk back. Beautiful views in the fall! A little slick with the leaves but not too bad. 10/5/2016, 60 degrees. Perfect hiking weather!

hiking
4 months ago

Goodnow Mountain Fire Tower, Newcomb, NY. #7 in the books, Kiaya #2. Trail is a moderate climb from the start. As you progress, the rocks and tree roots get larger. There are several wooden bridges. The trail is not well marked on the way up but seems to be better marked on the way down. It's easy to follow, not sure how it will be once the leaves cover the trail. Top of the Fire Tower is closed off. Gorgeous view from the top. 9/26/16. 54, sunny. Thought I was going to be chilly, I was wrong, I was sweating as this was a great workout, not too challenging No wildlife to be seen, 3 other couples on the trail. My dog, Kiaya, her 2nd Fire Tower!!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views from the top! Great bang for your buck, because though the peak isn't very high and the trail is not very challenging, Goodnow is far enough from the high peaks and great range to afford some spectacular views. Don't make the mistake of not climbing the fire tower (don't worry, there's a false summit before it that is scary). Awesome for beginners, children, pets. Trail is very well kept and easy to follow. Would definitely go here again for a quick hike to an amazing vista!!!

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Great trail, relatively easy climb, awesome view.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Goodnow Mtn is probably the first real hike I did as a child and 20+ years later I'm still doing it when visiting the lake house. Easy-moderate but a slow and steady pace makes it great for family. Certainly dog friendly, but my pup got into the handful of muddy spots - still there as of last weekend. The tower view does not disappoint and this is one of the sturdier ones!

Note: trailhead is about a half mile east on 28N of what All Trails has indicated, but still impossible to miss! :)

6 months ago

Moderate plus due to the fatigue that kicks in with the incline while navigating large slick rocks and tree roots. Overall a great challenging hike

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Completed this on June 11 and was first hike of the season, was raining and foggy, couldn't see much but it was a great hike. A well defined and easy trail. Also, when you get to the top, there's a webcam set up by SUNY-ESF and I had full service on my phone!

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6 months ago

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6 months ago