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on Goodnow Mountain Trail

4 days ago

Lovely hike; very diverse forest; trail conditions on 9/13/18 were wet but completely manageable. A fair amount of overgrowth over the trail in some spots but still passable. A little jungle-like! As far as difficulty, I’d rate it as moderate for the average hiker; easy for die-hards; and moderate to difficult for newbies because of roots and rocks and foot placement. There are a number of boardwalks on the trail which lends a friendlier, easier feel to the hike, and offers a nice reprieve from tricky foot work just when you need it, it seems! This is an interpretive trail but I failed to notice many of the markers. There is a surprising descent-then-ascent near the summit prior to reaching the tower. The tower itself is smaller than others I’ve climbed and incredibly sturdy and safe to climb. The cab is very small. I’d say three adults would be crowded! But as I had the cab and summit to myself, it was perfect. A 360 degree view of the ADKs. Incredible and absolutely one of the best I’ve seen so far.

I was visited by a pine marten in the little patch of conifers at the base! He climbed the trunk and stared right at me for about fifteen seconds. I have NEVER seen one in person and to see one this close (maybe 12 feet away), is somewhat of a wildlife marvel, I believe!

Family friendly for sure. Large parking lot. Enjoy!

hiking
5 days ago

Very nice bang for the buck with awesome views from the top of Blue Mountain Lake and way beyond looking South, East and West.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice view, trail up the mountain is a bit eroded

Very gradual until the top with lots of spots for the dog (or humans) to swim on a hot day. Great views! Somewhat crowded by the thirteenth lake area. Our dog hikes often, and I know some said their dogs couldn’t make it all the way. Our Aussie/husky 50 lb medium dog had no issues on this one, but smaller or less agile dogs may have a tougher time.

Hiked this in early may. There was still snow, but it was warm (70s by afternoon). There had been a rainstorm the night before, causing the rocky ascent to be pure ice after the first mile. It was amazing at the top, though.

We hiked goodnow on September 9,2018. Temperatures were in the low to mid 50s ideal for a hike.
Our lab, Stella hiked this with us.
The trail itself was about as good as any we have hiked in the Adirondacks. Conditions were dry and the trail was in excellent condition. There was a number of boardwalks over ravines and probable wet spots. And there was a number of stone and wooden steps cut into the trail, along with wooden traps to slow and divert rain runoff.
No views to speak of until you reach the summit. And at the peak, the view is limited. But once you climb the Sixty foot fire tower the view is awesome!!!
Kind of a scary ascent, narrow stairs and only some chicken wire to keep u safe. But oh so worth the climb.
This is a great hike, not too strenuous, yet a pleasure to walk to it’s conclusion.
And lots of hardwood trees, in the fall this must be stunning!

Great view and fun hike. My family took the loop trail up. It is a little longer, but also a lot less steep from what I heard. When we arrived at the top we ran into a lot of other hikers who were complaining about the hike up. The loop is a nice gradual easy walk with a few streams and a view of a small pond. My dog and kids (6 & 8 years old) had no problem and enjoyed the hike. Near the top there is a short break off the trail that leads to a small cave which is fun to check out especially if you have kids with you. We meant to go down on the other trail, but made a wrong turn and ended up back on the loop, so I can’t comment on the steepness or the conditions other than what I heard from other hikers.

Completed with the husband and both dogs today.

Completed with the husband and both dogs today.

Gorgeous trail. I am in good shape and I definitely broke a sweat moving at a good pace. The grade is 44% sometimes. So, although it may seem short, it is not a quick hike to knock out with the family. If it is wet, you're going to need proper hiking shoes. All said and done, that view is incredible!

Coney was the 3rd and final hike for my wife and I to finish the Tupper Lake Triad! Coney was the best out of the three! The hike up was tough yet nice and easy at times! The final push up the rock faced summit was great! We are newer to hiking (late 20s) so we were pretty beat doing this, made it to the summit in 24 minutes and 30 down but stopped to take some pictures! The view was amazing! 360 all around!

Goodman was the 2nd hike for the Tupper Lake Triad on 9/2 first was Mt. Arab. The asphalt path was a nice start before it got to the normal ADK trail. It took us 37 minutes to the summit and 34 back down. The view was nice and could see coney mountain straight ahead!

It was a great challenge! Fun to climb. The views weren’t there for us due to overcast and clouds.( 9/2 )All together It was still a tough hike up for my wife and I. We made it to the summit in 27 minutes and down in 28. We are in our late 20s and newer to hiking!

Beautiful trail, nice and easy and dog friendly until the top. We got pretty close to the top and had to turn around due to our dogs sliding on the rocks and unable to climb the roots of trees. We boosted our dogs a few times to get closer but didn't feel comfortable or safe enough bringing them further. Loved the view of the lake, pond and stream on the way up.

I admit that I'm not in my greatest physical shape. I underestimated how challenging this trail really is and I was humbled. I had brand new Lowa hiking boots and I'm glad I brought them. We had PERFECT weather. I do not believe this is "moderate" in scale. It leans more to the "difficult" scale. I live in California and hike the Sierras often. This hike was gorgeous once at the top. We saw 360°, it was windy, much cooler and the fire tower is the prize.

Really well worn trail. It's only 2 miles to the summit but it's a hell of a 2 miles. You definitely have to work to get to the top. When you get up into the cloud line the fungi become plentiful and exciting to observe. If it is cloudy and you are climbing up through a cloud the top gets really, really slippery. This makes the descent really difficult. I'm a late 20s male and slipped on to my butt at least 5 times. I would personally call this a more advanced trail. Some "moderate" trails on the app are super easy, but this was definitely not easy. I would personally not recommend this trail for your dogs or small children.

I imagine that on a clear day the views would be excellent. I knew it was cloudy while climbing up in the first place, so the views of the inside of the clouds were not a disappointment.

Terrific hike with a fair amount of scrambling at the top. Lots of water (lake, pond and streams!) for our 2 dogs. Took 3 of us 4 hours to make it to the top of the peak and back. Even on a cloudy day, the peak was worth it. Will definitely be doing this one again.

on Peaked Mountain Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike to the Peaked Pond with nice views of thirteenth lake, a stream, and rolling hills. The last mile to the mountain was steep, challenging, and made slippery due to the light rain. It was definitely not easy, and we had to grab onto roots and rocks at times. We made it to the top but didn’t have a view due to the clouds. There were trails to a couple of ponds on route to Peaked Pond that are worth another trip to explore.

Second fire tower today. Views from atop tower are well worth the hike. It was fairly crowded being a Saturday on a holiday weekend. Great for the whole family.

We really enjoyed everything about this hike. We got an early start so we enjoyed the summit and tower for over a half hour all to ourselves. The hike is gentle on a well maintained trail. This is one of the nicest views that I have seen from a tower, and the cabin is set up so you can peek into the windows and take a trip back in time. This is a must do if you enjoy fire towers.

Terrific hike. everything you could ask for. Beautiful lake to start and end the hike on (go swimming). Moderate hike to an awesome pond. and a Tough ascent up the mountain to get a good workout. great views. the trail,is aroimd 7.5 miles total.

Coney was our third and final hike of the day for our completion of the TL Triad. I'd say it was fairly easy; A LOT of roots, so watch your footing. We took a little longer reaching summit, but the view was a gorgeous reward! We arrived at 2:20pm, summit at 3:40 and returned to our vehicle at 4:30. I loved the large, bald summit. The 360° views are beautiful! This short hike is worth the effort, for sure.

Goodman was our second hike of the day for the TL Triad. The first 1/3 of the way is a slightly worn paved trail. From then on, the trail is a traditional hiking trail. Easy hike, and fairly quick. We hiked as a family with my 10 year old. Arrived at 12:20, summit at 1:15, and were in our vehicle by 2:00. Views atop weren't 360°, but pleasant.

hiking
21 days ago

We started our day (8/25/18) with Arab for the triad. We all enjoyed this hike. My daughter (10) said this was her favorite of the day. Nice and fairly easy hike from start to finish. Summit and fire tower views were gorgeous. Loved the steward and his newfoundland pups; great with children and very informative. We pulled in to trailhead at 9:50am, summit approximately 10:45, and were back in the car at 11:35. Great starting hike for the triad!

22 days ago

Great trail, AMAZING view from the summit.

What is the point of hiking a sweaty 2 miles to zero visibility?!? We had thick fog that started the last mile and it was a very steep, slippery decent. I did it and will not be doing it again. I wish the view would have been there.

Nice hike with kids and dogs. Good photo op moments along the trail. The tower is very tall but the views were beautiful. Would do this again.

This was my first hike to the top and as stated by others, it is challenging but so worth it. You really must pay attention on the way up as well as down as it can get very slippery. I was told by other hikers that visibility can sometimes be limited due to clouds but on our particular hike, the views were breathtaking from the tower. Another surprise, the hundreds of dragonflies that met us when we reached the opening. I will definitely do this hike again.

Me and my two daughters Tessa (10) and Nora (8) did this hike today and it was well worth it. Took about an hour to reach the top and the views were great at the top. Not a bad hike at all, would definitely do it again

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for the family. Paved path for about a third of the trail although the accessibility factor is rather limited as the path has some large holes and is rather narrow at times. Great for traditional hiking though. Once the paved path ends the trail is much more natural but still manageable. The view from the summit is great! It took us about an hour up but that included lots of photos and critter spotting breaks!

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