Goodnow Mountain Trail

MODERATE 110 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
1072 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

55 minutes ago

Great hike! Rather muddy at the bottom and the flies were pretty bad so bug net and bug spray is highly suggested.

11 days ago

Very good hike to the top. Very easy and i loved it. Weather was perfect

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing views of entire High Peaks wilderness! Firetower is a large one, and was open! Stunning views well worth the 4.0mi moderate climb up! Highly recommended.

26 days ago

Hiked this yesterday (4/28/18). The trail was very muddy for the first mile which wasn't bad. As you get higher in elevation the trail is covered with packed snow/ice so bring micro spikes. It started to rain on the way down and parts of the trail became waterlogged and at times it was like a waterfall. Had a great hike and enjoyed the rain!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

I climbed this trail with my bro, both equipped with snowshoes! In winter, this trail is beautiful! We took some amazing pictures! The view from the fire tower is phenomenal! It was really cold and windy up there, but it is so worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great view from the tower and a nice little cabin at the top to read up on its history! Just a few days after the storm (3-11-18 hiked) so snowshoes were a must. First time snowshoeing and I’m glad it was done on Goodnow! A couple little icy streams along the way. There was another cabin of sorts about 3/4 of the way at the top but it appeared to have mostly collapsed under the weight of recently accumulated snow.

4 months ago

Have hiked this trail at least 20 times starting as a youngster. It never disappoints and views from the fire tower will are amazing!! If it’s a windy day, the tower does shake. Climb anyway!!!

6 months ago

Beautiful hike today up Goodnow! Great views from the tower, with hardly any ice on the trail (I was fine without micro spikes, just wore my trail runners). What a great day to get outside.

6 months ago

Awesome trail with awesome views...was alittle icy but nothing you couldn't get through. I'd say this trail is a strong moderate.

hiking
6 months ago

Great view from the tower!

hiking
6 months ago

One of my all time favorite hikes! Beautiful scenery on the way up and the views from the fire tower are amazing. I agree with the moderate ranking but well worth the hike.

7 months ago

We went for sunset and sunrise in mid October.. Took 2 hrs round trip. The view is beautiful , totally worth it. Mind you it is muddy so bring water-resistant hiking boots. Bring extra clothing for the top of tower as well since it is very windy .

7 months ago

Just gorgeous and very well maintained trail.

7 months ago

Awesome hike , fantastic views was 2.0 miles to tower

hiking
7 months ago

A 4 mile round trip this hike is considered moderate. We thought it was a bit over moderate. Lots of rocky uphills and mud. The view was amazing!

hiking
7 months ago

The trail was great, a little thin at some point where we had to walk ourselves and our dogs in a line. A touch muddy at some point but mostly solid with tracks around the mud pits. The view from the top is amazing and well worth the quick hike!

hiking
9 months 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
9 months ago

Nice view. A very muddy trail.

hiking
9 months 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 months ago

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

10 months 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.

10 months 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

hiking
10 months 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
10 months 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.

10 months 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
11 months 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!

11 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
11 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.

snowshoeing
Thursday, March 09, 2017

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
Thursday, March 02, 2017

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.

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