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Mount Jo

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 4.3 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a moderate and scenic 2.3 mile hike right out the back door of the Adirondak Loj.


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1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

Loop

2,868' 874 m

High

2,217' 676 m

Low

657' 200 m

Up

656' 200 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

76%

Max Grade (37°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is a great first hike for families to attempt to help them decide if they're ready for longer and harder endeavors in the park.

Overview

While there are numerous great hiking options from the famous Adirondak Loj, none of them can offer you this good of a view for so few miles of hiking. At just under 2 miles round trip from the parking lot (or the back door of the Loj if you're staying there), this loop will give you a taste of what hiking in the Adirondacks is all about: gorgeous hardwood forests, steep switchback-less trails, and summit views that will remain in your mind's eye for years to come.

Description

Starting from either the parking lot or the Adirondak Loj, find the Indian Pass Trail as it parallels the eastern shore of Heart Lake. Upon reaching the junction with the Short Trail, head right to make your way toward Mount Jo. I suggest taking the well-indicated Short Trail on the way up for a nice little workout on a steep, rocky trail. Upon reaching the hillside junction with the Long Trail, head right to remain on the Short Trail and reach the summit views. Once you've made it, revel in the views up top before taking the easier return route down the Long Trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: NY DEC - Region 5 Office

Shared By:

Eric P.

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  4.3 from 9 votes

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Sep 27, 2022
Nate B
Aug 18, 2022
Andrea C
Aug 28, 2021
John Parks
Sep 24, 2020
Nikhila Chaudhari
2.7mi — 2h 10m
Sep 22, 2020
johannus franken
Great trail - conditions were primo, no mud, water and few hikers compared to the weekend! 2mi — 1h 06m
Jun 20, 2020
Rowell Roxas
Sep 21, 2019
Kimberly Kielor
Camryn's first hike! Short trail up long trail down. 6yr Anniversary hike
Aug 26, 2019
Matt K
3.4mi — 2h 16m