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It was incredible!!!

hiking
5 days ago

One of my first mountains that I hiked. It was challenging for me and the last half mile was intense. But the view was worth it. Just over 2 hours to complete the climb!

I'm convinced this range is cursed. Our 2nd attempt. Hit Santa & Panther, not enough sunlight for Couch. Did Santa first, which wasn't bad. Stayed on Panther peak to watch the beginning of the sunset before hiking the 1.5/2 miles back to the lean-to area. We followed the herd path down from Harold sq and it seemed to come to a dead end. Backtracked to find where we went wrong, but got turned around. Tried to use the Alltrails app, compass, and paper map to get us on trail, but didn't have any luck. We ended up bushwhacking with our headlamps for an hour until we hit Bradley Pond. From there, we new we were close. Don't rely on ONLY the app. My compass was the only thing that brought me to safety.

on Goodnow Mountain Trail

8 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
12 days ago

This was a tough hike, especially Redfield. We hiked in from Upper Works with full packs so that we could camp at Uphill Lean-to. While the walk is gradual into Colden Dam, it’s long enough to be tiring with weight. The section from the dam to the lean-to is beautiful with the river to your left. It is also a steady ascent. We switched to day packs at the lean-to, easily found the herd path to Redfield and Cliff and began the serious ascent to Redfield’s summit. I did not enjoy the trail - rocky and rooty. Views were nice here and there but it was mostly just a long slog. If you don’t want to be a 46er, I would skip this one.

After hiking Grey and Skylight on day two, we climbed Cliff on day three. The mud is ridiculous at the start of the trail and occasionally thereafter. But it is the cliffs that provide the interest. The several scrambles require attention but were actually fun. There is a work-around for the biggest rock face, and someone has nicely left a rope for rappelling if you want to go straight up (or down). So everything is do-able, even for someone who’s very small in stature (me). The walk along the ridge is a nice respite but the col before the final peak can be a heart-breaker.

The return to Upper Works is long and boring but pleasant enough. Taking beaks to enjoy the Opalescent, the lake at the dam, The Flowed Land, and the Henderson Monument helps pass the time.

hiking
13 days ago

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!

hiking
18 days ago

Absolutely amazing historic site with a very nice progression of interesting features throughout the hike. It’s not very rigorous or challenging, but I have never seen anything like it before.

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.

8/11/18 my two sons and I started early arriving at the trailhead 640 am and was packed and still arriving knew that it was going to be a busy day. took are first break below the cutoff to the expressway enjoyed the brook. up and up we went we let four groups pass.so really great views on the way up, summited 1030 met two Canadian people who were going to finish on panther. love the ridge trail tightness it bites,but gives you a preview of the day to come.1230 time square and off to couchsachraga went in with a positive attitude, arrived at couchsachraga with good attitude arrived at times square hating couchsachraga back at 420pm spent ten minutes at herald square on to panther for 23 of 46.4 others were finishing up their 46 nice job. 5pm told the boy's we needed to get going down to Bradley pond and out to trailhead at 9pm long day ps bog was not bad got muddier elsewhere on the way.

Nice day. Took 11.5 hours round trip. I went Panther/couch/sant. Very well defined herd paths. Couch was basically a 3-hour trip (time square, couch, back to time square) for me. The hike as as muddy as I heard it was and the Couchsachraga bog was for real. But overall this range was far better than I anticipated it to be. Would love to come back just to swim in the river pools. Great views and summit on Panther, couch was forgettable, Santanoni was ok at the lookout.

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

I just hiked this trail on Thursday of this past week. It was great ... and despite the description, there are beautiful views to the south if you follow a short little trail behind the "Mt Marshall" sign on the big rock at the summit. We encountered some mud towards the top, but by no means impassable or difficult, the waters were generally low along the brook and it wasn't buggy at all. The steepest climbing took place right before we reached the summit. We actually clocked our trek at 19.2 RT from Upper Works trailhead. A fun day ... albeit long! Great views of Iroquois as we descended!

Started from upper works and made my way out, and past the flowed lands. crossing Lake Colden is really nice, when the lake is still you get an incredible view of Colden, mirrored in the lake ... its one of my favorite views in the ADK. From the Cliff/RF junction, I did Redfield first. Not too tough of a climb, and on top, you get some decent views, but it is not a bald summit. Doing Cliff was a bit more interesting. right from the junction, the mud-pit starts, not impossible to navigate, but some mud is pretty deep. The ascent does offer some good scrambles, where you are exposed, and that is where you'll see the best views. Once on top .. you've still got 20+ minutes until you actually get to the summit of Cliff. A decent hike, not in the top 10 of ones I've done so far. It is long. I'm not a fast hiker, but took me a solid 12 hours with a few stops to talk to other hikers.

Was able to do the whole trail right around 2 hours up and down. Definitely a great trail for the short distance.

Good easy hike with family and small dog!

Hiked this trail on 8-2-18. It is.not difficult for anyone in normal health I was with two 50 that were able to easily complete the trip.
The trail was well maintained. The views are very nice. There is some interesting moss hanging from the trees. More like something you’d see in Louisiana. The top was busy with people chatting and relaxing. The fire tower offered nice views to many lakes and ponds as well as the mountains. I had binoculars with me which mad viewing even better.
I would do this hike again.

I actually really liked this trail. 14.2 miles** So many great places to explore, and the trail isn’t actually too tough, just loooong. At both the cairns on the trail, turn left, and make sure to follow them for all the stream crossings and you’ll be fine. Also beware of deep mud near the summit! It doesn’t look too bad, but i stepped in knee deep. I don’t know if I’ll summit Marshall again, but will definitely be back for the flowed lands and to see Hanging Spear Falls.

on Goodnow Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

A very well-maintained trail with beautiful views from the fire tower. We thought it was perfect; challenging but not too steep. We arrived at 10:30am on a Saturday in early August. The parking lot was half full. When we finished, the lot was nearly full. Out and back took us 3 hours with a leisurely break at the top. We met a lot of friendly hikers. We stopped at the Adirondack Interpretive Center for a picnic lunch on the way home.

hiking
1 month ago

The views from the tower are really good. The trail towards the top gets steep but it's all worth it when you see the views. The trail breaks off on the left after the rangers cabin about 50 yards give or take. The trail was easy to miss due to no markers. It's marked now, with red DEC marker.

Very easy 5 mile walk in the the great camp. I didn't like the fact that there is horse manure on the road going into Newcomb lake. Spent way to many steps zig zaging around the crap. Owner of the horses should have to clean up at least once a week. I give it 5 stars though for the historic value.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Not a fan of climbing fire towers but I did it! Worth every step!

Not a bad day at all. Much easier than I expected. Much easier to navigate than expected. The cairns are key, follow them and you really cannot be lost. I wouldn't consider this a hard hike, maybe moderate? Also, to be straight, this is 14.2 miles - that extra mile may not seem like much, but mentally, ha, my brain was going crazy when I hit 13.3 miles and still had a good mile vertical to go :)

Started easy then get harder after the cabin. Last 1/2 miles is very steep, almost gain 1000 elevation. Trail easy to follow, no view on top unless climb up the tower. Solid 1 1/2 hike up and 1 hr hike down with fee short stop.

For me this is one of those peaks you hike because it's on the list. The trail is pretty easy, the payoff is limited views on a treed summit. The description says this is a 13.3 mile hike. My new Garmin Fenix clocked it at 15.2. Trail was easy to follow and very dry as there's been little rain this summer. No bugs.

Nice gentle ascent to the top. Nice views when you climb the fire Tower.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike as part of the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge. As Fire Tower hikes go, this one is a nice one. It is well maintained (Both Trail and Tower) and it has 180 degree views. If you haven't spent much time in the area, I suggest you take the time to visit the VIC and if you paddle, Rich Lake!

Hiked the trail a few days ago with two family members, great trail but my only qualms would be with the other hikers.

There was some litter on the trail and kids not being supervised by their parents. One was running down the trail, cut through our group and tripped and fell hard down a 3 foot dirt embankment. Another caught up to us and turned to leave the trail!! We told him to stay on the trail and he listened.

Note to anyone thinking of doing this hike:please follow the basic rules of hiking:

What you carry in you carry it out. Don’t litter!!

Minors should be supervised at ALL TIMES.

Never, EVER leave the marked trail.

Step aside for the people descending.

Also if you hike a mountain with a fire tower realize that when you get to the top there could be people waiting to climb the tower. They are finite space so wait and ask the other people I the summit if they’re waiting. Don’t overcrowd the tower/stairway/landing!!

As others have stated, an incredible 360 degree view from the fire tower, with no scrambling! FYI signs posted today 7/13 at the trailhead stated the trail will be closed 7/16-7/20/18 for trail maintenance. If you're looking for another hike in the area with great views (no fire tower) I highly recommend Moxham Mountain.

Beautiful hike. 2 mile climb to summit is incredibly rocky and strenuous, took 2 hours to go up and 2 hours down with full overnight pack (pretty fit). Lots of people, that's what holds it back from being 5 stars. Being from Maine I'm not used to so many people on a hike. There's just not the population (or proximity to population) like there is in NY state. A lot of people just walked up in sneakers and a water bottle, not sure where they parked but it's a long trek in from the Upper Works parking lot. Not sure about access from the North East, maybe there's other good options.

Camped by Lake Colden where there are a lot of bears. Bear Vault canisters are NO LONGER ALLOWED in the park, so bring a Garcia can (or similar). The ranger had us put the canister in a large locker at his cabin for the night.

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