My car camping trip with my sons at Lake Harris Campground in the Adirondack, near the Town of Newcomb, New York, included a hike to the summit of Goodnow Mountain
Goodnow Mountain, at only 2,685 feet from sea level, is not very impressive in terms of height relatively to the High Peaks in the Adirondack Park, but the well-marked and well maintained two-mile trail to the summit offers an interesting hike. However, be warned that the relatively short hike is not for anyone that is not physically fit. If you are in reasonably good shape you can probably complete the round trip in about two hours – a bit longer with younger kids or less fit individuals in your group, or if you linger at the summit’s 60-foot fire tower.
Part of the trail can get very muddy. But a series of boardwalks keep your boots somewhat dry.
The Goodnow Mountain trail go over a few big rocks that could get very slippery get wet. Be careful.
This Yellow Birch manged to survive and dominate this boulder along the Goodnow Mountain trail.
The 60 foot fire tower on the summit of Goodnow Mountain was erected in 1922 and its use was discontinued 1970. The view from the top – from what I understand – is wonderful.
I only managed to walk up to the third landing of the fire tower – just enough to see over the tree tops for a nice view of the distant mountains.
You can find some nice pictures on the Interne taken from the very top of the fire tower by more daring souls.