Explore the most popular forest trails near Newcomb with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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 a 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.

Started out intending to do Marshall, Iroquois, and Algonquin from the Upper works trailhead. There are supposedly two paths up to Marshall. The one we intended to take was either very poorly marked or not marked at all. The other trail (I believe, please double-check before making plans) is marked as Cold Brook Trailhead, on the northern end of Lake Colden near the DEC outpost.

They have been having problems with a bear at the Lake Colden lean-to. The bears in this region know how to chew through the Bear Vault canisters and our canister had to be stored inside another large canister at the outpost. We heard snapping sticks outside our tent that we assumed to be the bear and had to make noise to get it to leave. It won't hurt anyone but it is an aggressive bear and had been sprayed by the ranger as it walked toward our campsite less than an hour before we went to sleep.

We climbed Algonquin from Lake Colden - beautiful views - and skipped Iroquois due to a late start, although it's only about a mile from the peak of Algonquin. The 2 ish mile trail up to Algonquin is steep, rocky, and muddy in spots, but gorgeous and worth the climb.

This was a fantastic, short hike with extraordinary views from the fire tower. Bang for your buck, it might be the best views for such a short hike. The trick is to get there early, because by 10:30 AM the trail is very busy. We arrived at 8 AM and there were only two people on the mountain ahead of us. There were absolutely no bugs on the way up. I would easily recommend this for beginners and families with young children. It was one of the sturdiest fire towers I’ve yet to see.

hiking
10 days ago

Ok so I am 49 and pretty good shape. I left at 930 am with my dog. 1st you cross the Hudson river which is kinda cool considering if you ever cross the GW. Then you hit lake Jimmy. Next is the cabin so far all easy stuff. After a couple hundred yards up a knoll it flattens out and on the left is the trail. This starts out pretty moderately and at about 1.5 miles in gets tough and it is tough. So you know you have 1 mile left. However it is so steep that you cant go fast so you are just picking your moves over rocks, roots and slab rock. Although difficult its 2 steps left and 2 right a break and look for your next move. Last 1/2 mile is the hardest but you are treated to some amazing views. Back at car by 12 2 1/2 hours round trip. Being so far out lot was super busy and tons of people but not many that I saw only about 8.

hiking
12 days ago

Great views at times difficult hike. If you aren’t paying close attention to when you need to turn left, it’s easy to continue going straight and that’s a mistake. We went off trail for an additional two hours because of this mistake! Keep your eyes open for when you need to vere left! It’s not that well marked and there are other trails around. All trails was great and got us back on track, 4 extra miles later ;)

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike, not at all difficult. Did it 6/30/18 with my wife, 7 and 10 year old with no issues at all. Trail is pretty wide, no bouldering at all and the incline really was mild with plenty of more level segments to get a rest if you need it. Really interesting "octopus tree" with roots growing over a boulder early in the hike. Then towards the summit there is an old damaged horse barn which made for some cool pictures. The fire tower is open and well worth the view. If you bring a map you can locate the various lakes and other notable peaks. That was an activity the kids loved! We were up and down in about 3 hours and the bugs weren't too terrible. We started out early so there were only 3 people on the summit and that let us spend as much time in the tower as we wanted. On the way back down, around 10:30 am, the trail was starting to get much busier.

hiking
30 days ago

Awe-inspiring 360-degree panaoramic view of High Peaks, Santanoni Massif, and North River Peaks are available as your reward for tackling the extremely steep final 1.5 miles. There is no view unless you ascend the tower. Lots of rocks, slabs, water, roots, downed trunks, but so worth the effort. We tacked on a 1.5 mile round trip jaunt to Lake Sally, and the total time was 4.5 hours including an hour of rest time. Trail was used by only 9 others on Father's Day (6/17/18).

Family friendly trail. Nice and wide for when there is the occasional traffic. Fantastic fire tower at the top for a 360 degree view

Nice hike highly recommend. Easy start and mild up hill all the way nothing crazy.

Great hike, bugs were awful!

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

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

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 5/8/18. I’m glad my gf and I got this fire tower off our list #15. I will never do this trail again , it kicked our ass! The first bridge was cool and then ran into a dead end once at the water. Bridge leading across was washed up about 50 yards, thankfully found detour to continue. Ran into a few run down cabins and then it became difficult with many rocks and very steep. Once we got to the Fire tower the views were stunning. I’ll rate a 5 but I recommend a lot of patience and mental positivity for this trail!

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!

first mile and half was easy, then butt kicking the last part. nice view well worth the effort. butt sliding was great down in no time.

snowshoeing
4 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
4 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.

Great hike! Great view!

2/2-2/4 Nice hike to the lean-to then another nice hike to times square but Couch took its toll on me... I'll be back for StAntoni and Panther when it 80-100 Deg warmer ; )

An interesting hike with great scenery. Good view of Marcy. A long hall and difficult to follow the trail in knee deep snow. Ended up off-trail twice and had to backtrack to find the proper route. Completed Cliff too, a 14-hour day. My headlamp batteries were dim by the time I arrived at the car.

5 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!!!

This is a four star winter hike, because the Herbert Brook and Upper Works region are just so magical in the snow. The trail itself is icy and difficult to follow in parts. If you look around a bit on the top, there is a rocky outcropping with nice views.

This is a fantastic winter hike. Through the flowed lands and up the Calamity Brook is fast and easy atop the packed snow. The scenery is really unique from the rest of the high peaks. Climbing up Redfield is definitely a challenge, but worth it — there are some nice views just beyond the summit. It took us about 10.5 hours to just do Redfield; with Cliff it would have been over 12. So a long day!

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.

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

A challenging hike a view of the high peaks from tower. Hard but worth it

hiking
8 months ago

Great view from the tower!

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