Goodnow Mountain Trail

MODERATE 83 reviews
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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

hiking
5 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Well laid out trail, but avoid after rain as it can be very muddy in many areas. I tracked this hike as 4.3 miles round trip. It can be crowded at peak times, but the view from the fire tower is awesome.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice view. A very muddy trail.

hiking
8 days ago

Muddy, muddy, muddy! Even the bypasses around the mud are muddy! Overall an easy climb. Some short steep parts. Terrific view from the fire tower. I'd do it again - if it ever dries out!

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Nice hike; on a clear day there are fantastic views of surrounding mountains (of course making this the perfect place for a firetower).

hiking
20 days ago

30 days ago

Love the scenery and beautiful view at the top, but the trail was so muddy! At points I had to leave the trail to avoid sinking. Would go just for the views.

1 month ago

Fair hike the trail was pretty muddy in spits on the way up. got caught in a thunderstorm on the way back down and the trail was pretty dangerous the whole thing turned into a muddy river! love the views from the fire tower

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The hike up to the fire tower is pretty enough, can be quite muddy after a rain. Never gets too steep at any one time so not too tough on the legs. Average trail overall until you get to the fire tower, which gives you some absolutely stunning views and easily justifies the hike. Was not terribly crowded even on a holiday Monday at 2PM; overall hard to beat the effort-to-beauty ratio.

hiking
1 month ago

It's a great hike but it was very muddy when we did it on July 2, 2017
It was also my 8th fire tower hike
The views were beyond my expectations and positively beautiful.

1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

2 months ago

2 months 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
2 months 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.