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Goodnow Mountain Blog & Video: An Adirondack Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

Goodnow Mountain Blog & Video: An Adirondack Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

What an amazing Winter hike! Even in the nearly snowless, very icy and treacherous 2015-2016 season, we had perfect trail conditions with a decent snow pack on nearly the entire trail with only a couple icy spots. A wonderful choice for winter climbing beginners – short and sweet with some of the best views of the Adirondack High Peaks you’ll get from a fire tower.

A few details, stats, and photos, then on to the VIDEO!

Goodnow Mountain Fire Tower, Adirondacks, NY – About the Hike: 

You may also enjoy our other Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge blog posts, and our Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge VIDEO PLAYLIST! I have included both links at the end of this post if you want to read on and check them out later.

A little peak at the views to come from the summit! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt. Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!
A little peak at the views to come from the summit! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt. Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!
The Fire Tower on Goodnow Mountain has some of the best views anywhere in the Adirondacks! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt. Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!
The Fire Tower on Goodnow Mountain has some of the best views anywhere in the Adirondacks! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt. Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

Parking: 

Here are the GPS coordinates for the parking lot at the trailhead, there is a sizable lot but I would go early on a nice summer day!

N43° 58.177′ W74° 12.868′ [open in Google Maps here!]

Parking lot at the Goodnow Mountain Trailhead. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mountain Wiinter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
Parking lot at the Goodnow Mountain Trailhead. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mountain Wiinter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!

TRAIL USED:

There was only one trail, about 3.9 miles round trip with 1,040 feet of elevation gain to reach the summit at 2,690 feet. Not counting the sixty-foot tower which you can climb and should, for the best views!

We followed these markers:

Trail marker on Goodnow Mountain. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mountain Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
Trail marker on Goodnow Mountain. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mountain Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!

TRAIL DIFFICULTY:

Pleasantly moderate with a few steeper spots. Family and beginner friendly!

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS:

We had no problems following the well-broken trail in February, but I did see a report last year of a lost hiker so do watch for trail markers at all times, especially after a big snowfall. Pack a full emergency kit any time you venture into the mountains, with extra clothing and a cook kit for a hot meal or drink, and as a way to make water should you get stuck and run out.

We only needed Microspikes in the snowless 2016 season, but this is not typical of the Adirondacks in the Winter. Bring snow shoes and boot traction such as MicroSpikes any time you hike in the Adirondacks in the Winter.

WILDLIFE

Black bears are always a possibility in the Adirondacks, of course less so in the middle of Winter. Be aware and know what to do should you encounter a bear or any other wildlife.

Here is some GPS geek stuff from the hike!

Our GPS track overlaid on Google Earth!

Goodnow Google Earth track from the GPS! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
Goodnow Google Earth track from the GPS! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!

GPS Hike Profile from Goodnow Mountain:

Hike Profile from GPS Data. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
Hike Profile from GPS Data. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!

Here are some quick stats about our Winter hike of Goodnow Mountain!

Hike Stats from GPS Data. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
Hike Stats from GPS Data. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!

 

A few photos, then on to the VIDEO!

The famous tree on the Goodnow Mountain Trail. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
The famous tree on the Goodnow Mountain Trail. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
A Quick peek at the views to come! The Goodnow Mountain Trail. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
A Quick peek at the views to come! The Goodnow Mountain Trail. 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
Pipe organs on the Goodnow Mountain trail! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
Pipe organs on the Goodnow Mountain trail! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
Not a photo equipment color cast, I called this 'The Blue Room'. So pretty! Pipe organs on the Goodnow Mountain trail! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
Not a photo equipment color cast, I called this ‘The Blue Room’. So pretty! Pipe organs on the Goodnow Mountain trail! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
View from the Goodnow Fire Tower! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
View from the Goodnow Fire Tower! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
View from the Goodnow Fire Tower! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!
View from the Goodnow Fire Tower! 2/22/16: Goodnow Mt Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike with VIDEO!

Here’s the VIDEO!

You may also enjoy our other Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge blog posts, and our Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge VIDEO PLAYLIST! I have included both links at the end of this post if you want to read on and check them out later.

 About the ADK Fire Tower Challenge:

In all, there are 29 climbs on the official list: five in the Catskill Mountains, and twenty-four in the Adirondacks (you only need to complete eighteen of the twenty-four Adirondack towers to earn your patch for completing the challenge). Here is the official Fire Tower Challenge list, and more information about the Fire Tower Challenge, if you are interested. There is also a Fire Tower Challenge group on Facebook, a great place to get the latest trail and access conditions from those who have recently done your planned hike. And – to share your photos and stories of your hikes, which is the best part!

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