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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
Amazing views from the tower. Trailhead it right down the road from ESF.
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
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!
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!!
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!!!
Great trail, relatively easy climb, awesome view.
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! :)
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