Goodnow Mountain

Goodnow Mountain | Pure Adirondacks

Goodnow is a quick and easy hike that is perfect for families. While it is in the same region as Vanderwhacker and Mount Adams, Goodnow is more easily accessible than the other two – and the shorter, easier drive is another reason it is a perfect choice for families. At the top, the fire tower adds an element of excitement for the young hikers and greatly improves upon the view you can see from the summit alone.

Trail Stats:


Distance 3.9 miles round-trip
Elevation 2,690 ft
Ascent 1,040 ft

 Goodnow Mountain, Adirondacks

The trail up Goodnow is rolling and easy at the start, and after a half-mile it reaches some man-made steps and a low bridge over a bog. Here the trail steepens a bit and goes up more strenuously for a short while before it mellows out again. Continuing to roll easily upwards, at 1.4 miles the trail comes to the remains of an old barn that once belonged to the owners of the mountain. When you reach this point you are already less than a half-mile from the top, and you will continue along gradually from here until you reach the summit.

Also, be sure to visit our Adirondack Fire Towers page if you're looking for more details and a full list of the towers. Have any photos you'd like to share from your own hike up Goodnow Mountain? Email us to share!

Trailhead:


📍 Google Directions

If you are coming from Route 87 you will take exit 29 towards Newcomb. Take a left onto Blue Ridge Road and follow it for 19 miles until you reach 28N. Turn right onto 28N and follow the road for 8 miles until you see a parking area on your left – there will be a DEC sign designating the parking area.


Author:

Alyssa Devlin is a freelance writer who grew up hiking and skiing the ‘dacks and is now based in Washington, DC. She spends her days fighting the heat with daydreams of swimming in cool Adirondack lakes. You can find her at alyssadevlin.com.


Keep it PURE

Remember to Leave No Trace! Buy a physical map, read it, plan, and prepare. Think about the NYS Rangers and medical personnel that exhaust themselves for a rescue that could have been avoided. Pack out your trash. Use a bear canister when primitive camping and cook away from where you’re sleeping. Do the rock walk to help reduce the impact on fragile alpine vegetation. Camp at designated campsites and never camp on or near summits.

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