Goodman Mountain – Adirondack Park

September 22, 2017 – Tupper Lake, NY

Difficulty: Easy – moderate

Length: Approximately 2.2 miles

Max elevation: 2178 ft.– total elevation gain approximately 581 ft.

Route type: Out and back

Map: Interactive Adirondack Trails Map

Trailhead parking: NY-30 Tupper Lake, NY 12986

 

Goodman Mountain is a small peak in the Adirondack Region of New York State. It is part of the 17,140 acre Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest, located mostly on the southern shores of Tupper Lake.

Goodman Mountain as viewed from Coney Mountain summit

Goodman Mountain as viewed from Coney Mountain summit

A 1.6 mile hiking trail was constructed to the summit of Goodman Mountain in the summer of 2014 that was dedicated to Andrew Goodman, a twenty year old civil rights activist murdered in Mississippi.

Goodman Mountain hike route

Goodman Mountain hike route

Goodman and two fellow activists: James Chaney and Michael Schwerner; were kidnapped and killed by the Ku Klux Klan in June 1964. The name was changed in 2002 from Litchfield Mountain to Goodman Mountain. The 1988 movie “Mississippi Burning” was loosely based upon this national tragedy.

Goodman Mountain trailhead

Goodman Mountain trailhead

After a brief rest from hiking Coney Mountain, we walked over to the kiosk and signed in at the trail register.

Goodman Mountain trailhead

Goodman Mountain trailhead

It was time to begin the second leg of the Tupper Lake Triad.

Goodman Mountain Trail

Goodman Mountain Trail

The trail crosses Cold Brook on a wooden footbridge.

wooden footbridge - Goodman Mountain Trail

wooden footbridge – Goodman Mountain Trail

The red-blazed trail begins on a paved road which rises gently. This old road used to be Highway 10 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake. The road continues northeast and begins to steepen.

Goodman Mountain Trail

Goodman Mountain Trail

After almost a mile on the paved road, the trail leaves the road and turns left.

Goodman Mountain Trail

Goodman Mountain Trail

The trail ascends gradually through the woods as it heads northwest.

Goodman Mountain Trail

Goodman Mountain Trail

The trail then turns sharply southeast towards the peak and climbs a bit steeper to the shoulder. The trail then follows the ridgeline before it finally ascends to the summit.

Goodman Mountain summit

Goodman Mountain summit

Looking south from the summit, Coney Mountain, which we climbed earlier, is visible.

Coney Mountain as viewed from Goodman Mountain summit

Coney Mountain as viewed from Goodman Mountain summit

The southern end of Tupper Lake is visible to the northwest.

southern end of Tupper Lake

southern end of Tupper Lake

While we were hanging out at the summit, a couple of hikers from Tennessee arrived to take in the view. It was a beautiful day and unusually warm for late September. We soaked it all in and then began our descent. Since this hike is an out and back, we retraced our steps down the mountain and back to the parking area. We had now completed 2/3 of the Tupper Lake Triad, Mount Arab was next, which we would do the following morning.

Pros: Great views, short hike, well blazed, earn a patch.

Cons: Some road noise can be heard from the summit.

Coney Mountain summit

Coney Mountain summit

 

 

 

 

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