Adirondack Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Mount Jo Description
Mention Mount Jo to a local and they'll likely smile with recognition. Thanks to its modest size (700 feet), the two-mile loop trail is often the first Adirondack peak a kid climbs, and might well be called Mt. Immediate Gratification for its minimal effort to a spectacular reward. Kids will have no trouble with the steep terrain (in other words, they'll leave parents in their dust). And, don't let the modest ascent fool you — spectacular vistas from atop the plateau are right up there with the big guys.
Toddlers & Pre-K: The long route will add about 2/10ths of a mile to the trip. But, you'll get a gentler ascent that may be easier for young children to manage.
School-Age Kids: The steep, rocky terrain up the short route will take some effort, but they'll probably enjoy the challenge.
Pre-Teens & Teens: The short way down can be a little dicey as it's quite steep, but will probably appeal to kids. Moms and dads, on the other hand, might not enjoy the pitches of this route quite so much.
- Parking fee. Located near the Adirondack Club's Adirondack Loj, Mount Jo is one of the few area peaks to charge a parking fee. But, the modest charge ($9) is more than made up for by the presence of a small supply shop right on site.
- Well-marked. Trails here are fairly easy to find, just make sure you follow signs to the summit lest you miss the reward for all of your efforts.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset.
Fees: Less than $10.
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours