Goodnow Mountain | Snowshoeing

Goodnow is a very prominent peak from Route 28N and whose tower raises high above the trees. This ragged looking mountain is home to one of the few fire towers remaining the Adirondack Park.  

From the trailhead you will start to climb a bit steeply to flat area that you will proceed on for a little while before climbing easily once again. As you move along the trail will slowly gain elevation and then swings hard to the west where you will climb the final portion of the mountain.  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 should be climbed by all who visit. Expect high winds and a serious wind chill from the tower, but the views, especially of the High Peaks are quite grand. 


2685 feet


1100 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

0.6 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids:    4 to 5 hours

Experienced Snowshoers:    3 to 4 hours

Out of Shape Snowshoers: 4 to 4.5 hours 

Trailhead Location: 

From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit #29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue to Route 28N and take a right and head toward Long Lake. Continue for right around 8-miles to the trailhead on the left.  

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: This is a mountain trail so there is some climbing, most of which is easy to moderate at most, perfect for the entire family. 

Additional Important Information:

The firetower steps can be very icy and slippery, please be very careful if you proceed up them.     

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