This 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.