This old road used to be Highway 10 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake; it has now been turned into a wonderful trail that leads to Goodman Mountain. The DEC during the summer of 2014 created a trail to the summit of Goodman Mountain; this will officially be the first winter of the new trail, better get to it. At the backside of the parking area for Lumberjack Springs there is a kiosk and trail register; directly after is a wonderful, solid new bridge over Cold Brook.
Proceeding up the trail a short distance in you will be immediately welcomed by a very wide trail through the forest, this is old Route 10. During non-snow conditions the tarmac can still be seen in areas. The steep slopes and cliffs of Goodman will be to your left, set back in the woods. Soon you will begin to gently climb to a height-of-land where the trail leaves the old road on your left: this is roughly 1-mile in from the trailhead. Goodman's summit is only 0.25 miles away as the crow flies, but the trail swings around the steep slopes to avoid unnecessary erosion in the summer and making the approach much more accessible and achievable for just about everyone.
Continuing on through a wonderful open hardwood forest, the snow deepens beneath you and balls of white drape over your head from the bare hardwood branches. The trail will continue to swing gently around the base of the mountain and slowly ascend. Then a sudden turn toward the peak, with a bit steeper pitch will bring you to the shoulder of Goodman. The trail then follows the ridgeline before it finally ascends to the partially open summit from the backside.
Expect the trail to have moderate use with frequently packed trails. After a heavy snowstorm it may take a while to get packed out again. Being a new trail, it popularity will gain slowly as the word gets out about its creation.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 2 to 2.5 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3 hours
From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in the Village of Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Follow here for just under 13.1 miles to Lumber Jack Spring on the right. Lumberjack Spring is not marked, the trailhead is located here, and a DEC trail sign marks the location.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One; Goodman is excellent for a beginner snowshoe trip and a perfect spot to recreate with the entire family.
Additional Important Information:
There is another excellent viewing, in the other direction just below the summit off the trail. This is located a couple hundred feet along an old herdpath with blazes on the trees. Goodman Mountain on some older maps is named Litchfield Hill.