Trail Description and Winter Conditions
Goodnow is a very prominent peak when seen from Route 28N heading toward Newcomb. This ragged looking mountain is home to one of the few fire towers remaining in the Adirondack Park. While resting just outside of Hamilton County, this mountain makes for a great destination for those staying in the Long Lake Region.
From the trailhead you will start to climb a bit steeply to a higher plateau where the trail is very easy to snowshoe. As you move along, the trail will slowly gain elevation as it passes through an open mixed forest. The trail swings hard to the west where it will gain the final portion along the original mountain trail. At this time the trail will swing back east and along a ridge line. There is an old horse barn that you will pass along the way to the summit. This horse barn is an excellent spot for a break, or even lunch.
Upon the summit you will come to the fire tower. The tower is in great condition and is a fun climb for all who visit. Be extra careful in the winter, as the tower stairs can be very slippery and dangerous. Expect high winds and a serious wind chill from the tower. This trail is heavily used and typically gets broken out relatively fast after a snow storm.
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28N toward Newcomb. Continue for about 12 miles to the trailhead on the right.
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 3 to 4 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 2 to 3 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Two; while a rather moderate climb there is some decent elevation gain from the trailhead.
Additional Important Information:
Climbing the fire tower in winter can be dangerous due to heavy winds, wind chill, and icy conditions, be very careful.