Mount Jo Loop Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Placid, NY that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Mount Jo stands 700 ft. over Heart Lake near ADK Loj south of Lake Placid in the heart of the High Peaks Zone of the Adirondacks. Mt. Jo has two trails that lead to its summit. The summit offers spectacular views of the High Peaks and the MacIntyre range and is a great hike for the kids. This is a very short two mile loop hike that will bring you to the top of a wonderful little peak above Heart Lake with just over 600 feet of climbing. It's a great hike for little kids or an older family member who you would like to get into the outdoors. It's also a good hike if you have time and energy after another shorter 46er hike like Phelps or maybe Tabletop.
Worth it for the view. The long trail is much easier and less steep. If you want a bit more of a challenge, the short trail has some steep rock climbing but it doesn't take so long.
View at the top is great and you have many different point of view.
Took the short trail up carrying my 3.5 yr old on my back. Certainly tests your endurance, a scramble until you're about to the summit. Good views. Limited parking, had to hike a mile up the road to get to the trailhead.
Beautiful short hike
Good beginner hike for the Adirondack region
Great hike. Easy for the region, but overall, I'd rate as moderate. Beautiful view from the summit.
A good place to watch the sunrise.
Took my wife on her first ADK hike. I would rate this hike as moderate. It is "easy relative to the region. Very steep up the short path from the Loj. Spectacular views indeed !!
Awesome trail with great views. Recommend to take short one up and long one down. Wear shoes with good grip.
Overcast day so decided to do this short hike. Took the long way up & still had some really nice views. Had a great chat with steward at the top.
Took the long trail up and the short trail down to catch the sunset. The long trail has a lot of tree roots and was a little muddy but overall was easy. The short trail has some rock scrambles which were fun. The view on top was amazing for such a short easy hike.
Short trail is very steep, but view from summit is worth it.
Walked this with a bunch of teenagers and my 10 year old daughter. The younger ones were complaining on the way up, we took the hard way up. once they got to the top. they were amazed by the view. it's a panorama of the great high peaks and a beautiful lake. they turned into spider monkeys on the way down.
Overall this was a vigorous hike up the long trail but definitely worth it. Climbing to the top makes it even more rewarding. Though we saw several dogs I'm surprised that this is listed as dog friendly. Might be a little tough for a smaller-mid sized dog. The summit is amazing and a great spot to sit and relax after the hike.
Nice trail and view from the top, BUT I WOULD NOT CATEGORIZE THIS TRAIL AS "EASY". It's also not very dog friendly unless your dog is a mountain goat. We saw one poor guy having to carry his dog down. The trail is steep and rocky much of the way. We did Rush Pond the other day and that was indeed "easy" and pleasant. We've also done Buck Mountain and Black Mountain trails, and this one seemed more like those, although shorter. I would recommend changing this trail's rating to "moderate" at least, and remove the "dog friendly" part. Have a great day, everyone, and Happy Trails to you.
really nice views for a small climb