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Goodnow Mountain hike ~ Sep 15, 2016

Journal entry by Lynn Mayack



What a perfect day for a hike – sunny, no wind, blue sky, puffy clouds and a high near 70 degrees.  Even though most of us had a house project waiting at home, we opted to leave it for another day.  Twelve Caners left from the WCMC at 9:00am and we picked up another three at the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville. We were joined by one more who caught up with us on the trail after Peter convinced him it was too nice a hike to pass up. 

Maintained by Syracuse University’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry and open to the public, the two mile trail to the summit was in good shape and there were signs of recent trail maintenance.  Lunch was leisurely as we took turns climbing the tower to take in the expansive views of the high peaks and the surrounding lakes.  We even had time to be entertained by Ed showing us a card trick.  As we were getting ready to leave we were joined by a couple and their dog. It was surprising how popular the hike was for a midweek September day.

 After goodbyes at the trailhead, some opted for ice cream at Stewarts in North Creek while others checked out the alluring sandy beaches of Rich Lake that we saw from the fire tower for a future paddling trip or relaxing beach day.  Thank you to Gail, Shelley, Linda P., Jim, Cathy, Jan (new), Joy, Mike, Linda & Peter, Kurt, Ed, Sandy & Bob, and Peggy for joining me.

9/19/16 - wanderer . added 9 photos.

18 photos



At the trail head



leisurely hike to the top.



Gail and Linda recharge.



Lunch at the summit.



View to the northeast towards village of Newcomb.



Rich Lake in the foreground.



Looking towards the Essex Chain Lakes.



Shelly, Peter, and Linda check out the views.



Ed playing poker, solitaire, or just a card trick??



Lynn, Peggy and Shelly at the octopus tree - added by wanderer



Spider web in the morning mist - added by wanderer



Cathy and Ed at the barn - added by wanderer



Ed, Sandy, Bob, Kurt and Mike - added by wanderer



Getting close to the top - added by wanderer



High Peaks with Rich Lake in the foreground - added by wanderer



Looking south with a portion of Goodnow Flow visible - added by wanderer



Panorama of the view looking north - added by wanderer



The group at the summit - added by wanderer



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