Friday, October 26, 2018

Featured Hike: Goodman Mountain, Tupper Lake

Goodman mountainThis 3.4-mile roundtrip hike in the Horseshoe Wild Forest summits 2,178-foot Goodman Mountain. The hike is over easy to moderate terrain and offers spectacular views of Coney, Tupper Lake, and Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest.

Trail: From the parking area, locate the old road at the back. This old road used to be Highway 10 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake, back in the day; the old tarmac can still be seen in many areas. Just outside the parking area, there is a kiosk and a new bridge over Cold Brook. A short distance in, you will be to the right of an eskar that you will follow along the road. The road is in decent shape and a neat way to hike to this peak.

The road soon climbs steadily to a height-of-land where the new trail leaves the old road on your left. This is roughly one mile in from the car. Goodman’s summit is only 0.25 miles away but the trail swings around the steep slopes to avoid unnecessary erosion and making the hike much more accessible and achievable for almost anyone. Once on the trail, you will enjoy a wonderful open hardwood forest, where deep greens of the leaves and ferns are the primary backdrop. The trail will swing gently around the base of the mountain and slowly ascend before it makes a sudden turn toward the peak and climb a bit steeper to the shoulder. The trail then follows the ridgeline before it finally ascends to the summit.

Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in the Village of Tupper Lake, locate Route 30 toward Long Lake. Follow here for just under 10 miles to Lumber Jack Spring on the left. Lumberjack Spring is not marked, but a trailhead post is located there, sign soon to follow.

Featured hikes are recommended by DEC.

Map of Goodman Mountain courtesy Adirondack Atlas.

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2 Responses

  1. Gloria Johnson-Hovey says:

    Great hike and view.
    A profound story!! Freedom Rider!!
    Good for the name change to honor such a brave and courageous young man who stood for something greater than himself.
    Registering Black people to vote and
    being killed by the KKK.
    A true American hero. Times not changed too much sadly.
    Enjoy the hike and do something great for others!

  2. adkcamp says:

    to expound on the history behind the name of this mountain – quoted directly from the Andrew Goodman Foundation website.

    In May of 1964, the historic Civil Rights Act was under attack by segregationists in Congress. In a school paper, Andrew Goodman wrote, “the Senators could not persist in this polite debate over the future dignity of a human race if the white Northerners were not so shockingly apathetic.” Within days of writing those words, Andrew asked for his parents’ permission to join Freedom Summer, a voter registration project aimed at registering African-Americans to vote in Mississippi.

    On Andy’s first day, he and two other civil rights workers, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. The story of these three young men struck a public chord that galvanized support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner embodied the coalitions of black and white, Jew and Christian, young and older Americans working together to form a more perfect union for all.