Goodnow Mountain fire tower hike

kwc

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A beautiful warm spring day called for a hike to a fire tower. Surprisingly there were very few people on the trail today & I had the tower summit to myself for quite awhile. This is a hike recommended by the DEC to avoid the the muddy trails in the high peaks.

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Trail is on SUNY ESF property and maintained by students. Also my alma mater.

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Tree swallowing a boulder
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The trail goes through open hardwoods and occasionally some hemlock and white pine. Spruce becomes more prevalent as you approach the summit
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climbing ... sometimes on bare rock
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more boardwalk through a wet area
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old foundation, not sure what it was
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Some snow along the way
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more snow as you near the summit
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The tower as viewed from the observer’s cabin. This is where the fire tower observer lived during fire season. Tower was built in 1922.
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high peaks from the tower
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looking down on the cabin from the tower
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lots of lakes in the area, we have canoed on a couple of them.
the tower cab was closed, it looks like a portion of the roof was torn off during one of our recent high wind storms. The cab had been open in the past with a map so you could locate all the landmarks.
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a peek inside the cabin
 
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