Hike to the summit of Goodnow Mountain, Town of Newcomb, NY

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.

 

Trailhead sign for Goodnow Mountain

Trailhead sign for Goodnow Mountain along Route 28 East

Start of hike to the summit of Goodnow Mountain in Newcomb, New York

Start of hike to the summit of Goodnow Mountain in Newcomb, New York

Part of the trail can get very muddy. But a series of boardwalks keep your boots somewhat dry.

 Goodnow Mountain trail

Goodnow Mountain trail

Goodnow Mountain trail

Goodnow Mountain trail

The Goodnow Mountain trail go over a few big rocks that could get very slippery get wet. Be careful.

Goodnow Mountain trail

Goodnow Mountain trail

This Yellow Birch manged to survive and dominate this boulder along the Goodnow Mountain trail.

Yellow Birch growing over a boulder on the Goodnow Mountain trail

Yellow Birch growing over a boulder on the Goodnow Mountain trail

An outcropping a short hike from the summit afford a nice view of the surrounding area around Goodnow Mountain.

An outcropping a short hike from the summit afford a nice view of the surrounding area around Goodnow Mountain.

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.

Fire tower on top of Goodnow Mountain

Fire tower on top of Goodnow Mountain

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.

Panoramic view of some of the high peaks in the Adirondeack

Panoramic view of some of the high peaks in the Adirondack from Summit of Goodnow Mt.

You can find some nice pictures on the Interne taken from the very top of the fire tower by more daring souls.

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