Goodnow Mountain Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews
#20 of 175 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.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1115 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

over grown

rocky

1 day ago

I loved this hike! The trail is obvious, no worries about going off the path. Switch backs make it less steep, although it was still definitely rewarding. The view from the fire tower is worth every bit. A lot of beauty to see along the way.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike with some steep sections but overall pretty easy. Boots are recommended due to the large muddy sections that have not dried out yet. The trail is well worn and the fire tower on the peak gives you fantastic views in every direction. Highly recommend!

hiking
3 days ago

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29 days ago

We hiked over Memorial Day weekend so plenty of hikers enjoying the trail. It's rainy/mud season in the ADKS so a few muddy spots but easily traversed. Had lunch at summit. Great hike for beginners!

hiking
29 days ago

What a fun hike! The trail climbs about 1000ft over 2 miles so it's constant but moderate climb. We have had a lot of rain recently and there were a few sections that were muddy but still very passable. This trail is not a DEC managed trail. It is managed by ESF and they do a really good job! There are many bridges and quite a few places where the trail has had a lot of work. A couple rules to be aware of, no camping and everyone is supposed to be down by sunset. My son and I stretched the rules a bit and stayed to watch the sunset. It was spectacular! We brought our headlamps and flashlights so our hike down in the dark was not an issue. The tower itself is in good condition and an easy climb. I recommend this for a beginning to slightly experienced hiker who is in moderate physical condition. I also think this would be a good trail for young kids.

hiking
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snowshoeing
3 months ago

Snowshoed up on Feb 19 on a super clear day. Very pleasant hike up. Windy but sheltered all the way up. Had some great views from the top of the tower despite the wind rattling the roof! Took about 2.5 hrs RT with time hanging out at the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

A wonderful hike, the trail is fantastic and well maintained. The fire tower was in great condition and if you go early enough, there will be almost no foot traffic. On the journey back down, there were many large groups ascending the mountain. It's challenging but the views are well worth the effort.

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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.

8 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.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

8 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!

8 months ago

hiking
8 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 :)