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on Mount Jo Loop Trail

hiking
3 hours ago

Use the “short” at least for half the hike.

hiking
6 hours ago

Did this last year with my 4 year old son - definitely more moderate because of rock scrambling, although short - we needed more bug spray as the way down follows a stream!

Montée en soirée et dormit au top de la montagne avec un groupe durant les Perséides. La vue 360 est parfaite !

hiking
1 day ago

Last of the Saranac 6 complete! Saved it for last because we figured it would be easiest. After doing 3 others over the past day the hike was a little more than I expected. The trail on the right as you go up is pretty steep. Some nice views at the top - ran down the other trail on the way back down to see it was much more gradual.

This is a great 2 hour out and back (plus whatever time you spend at the pond). Lots of dogs on the trail. If you do not use the coordinates from AllTrails to find the trailhead BEWARE - Sterling Pond is NOT in Underhill State Park (even though that’s what this page says!) I used my car’s GPS system since I didn’t have phone reception and I ended up at the Mt. Mansfield trailhead after setting Underhill State Park as my destination (both the Mt Mansfield and the Sterling Pond trailheads are on roads called “Mountain Road” so you might think you’re headed in the right direction but you’re not!). It took 30 extra minutes to drive to the Sterling Pond trailhead. If you’re not using the AllTrails Coordinates to get there, make sure you’re taking the road that takes you past Smuggler’s Notch Ski Area.

hike was great,as were the views, but the fire tower was locked when we reached the summit at around 430pm. I would have given it 5 stars if it was open

My husband, son and I hiked this trail up and back in 1.5 hours. Took the short trail up and long trail back. Small summit, but still beautiful. Our almost 5 year old had no issues at all navigating the climb. We avoided the crowds by starting out around 4PM on a Saturday. Nice hike overall. Enjoyed the quiet and views of the trail throughout.

Nice hike but a bit crowded on a Saturday! Views were nice in 2 directions.

Definitely not an easy trail for some, but my 8 year old made it through. I suggest the Short, steep, rocky trail up, and then the Long, less rocky, less rough on the knees way down. I can't imagine the short trail down with all those rocks. View was not great, weather wasn't clear (hence only four stars). Not a lot of room up top, but a decent amount to chill for a bit.

This is a nice quick day hike, not difficult at all. what great views at the top just wish the tower was open.

Moderate is a better description of this hike. Fine views but pretty grown in. Already starting to get crowded by 9. 1 of 6!

on Mount Jo Loop Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail for beginners and families with kids. Suggest taking the long trail up and the short trail down.

We did this in full foliage in mid-October. If you start early enough then you would witness two seasons. Fall at the bottom, winter at the top. It was freezing up there but so worth it.

hiking
8 days ago

This hike is definitely not easy. It is moderate for sure.

Did the loop around the park and all the side loops to total about 4 miles. Hiked at a brisk pace, took me 1 hour 20 minutes to finish. I liked how the different species of trees had little signs at the beginning of the hike - I've never see Ironwood or Musclewood before. Cost $4 to enter and parking was good.

This trail was tough- straight up scaling up rocky terrain. Pond was pretty with ducks. Humid.

Great hike, but pretty crowded on the trail. I would only recommend for weekday when it’s slightly less busy. Parking lot fills up early on the weekend.

BUG SPRAY IS A MUST. OVER 30 BITES BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE

Gorgeous views, a few steep inclines but not too bad. Very kid friendly. The fire tower is better maintained than most, and there was even an informative steward at the top! Definitely worth seeing.

Pet friendly
Great lookout view from the top.
Moderate to hard trails
Free!

We took the right fork and the trail was steep. The view at the top was nice for short hike. There were cool wild life like frogs, quails and unfortunately mosquitoes.

Challenging relatively short hike with a wonderful view at the top. We took the longer route up and back. Some areas with rocks to navigate and some wooden ladders to reach the summit. There were some slippery rocks due to recent rain but overall the hike is very do-able with some careful attention to footing. We added on the south camp loop around the lake which was easy.

We loved this gentle hike. We were greeted by friendly staff, the trails were very well taken care of and our dog loved the rock pet beach.

Amazing view at the top. The steep side is just that...steep. Our family hiked this with our dogs. Beautiful sights...lots of wildlife. Saw lots of frogs, amazing rock formations and some deer. If not up for a challenge, take the left trail up.

hiking
14 days ago

My first mountain, think I’m hooked. Great hike, no bugs today, incredibly views towards saranac/flower lakes. Easy bike ride from town to trailhead, had a great hike.

Great drive up to the notch. Absolutely beautiful. Then a nice hike up to another beautiful spot!

Hiked 9/27/17. It was unseasonably hot that day, even around 5:00 pm. There was no one else on the trail this day, so I had the mountain to myself. There are some very steep sections but the view at the top is beautiful. My garmin showed a total of 2.5 miles and it took me about 90 minutes round trip.

Great hike! It was so crowded the day we went though. I highly recommend the loop around the lake for a much less crowded walk. The trails are well marked. There were several dogs off leash at the lake if that bothers you, you’ve been warned.

hiking
16 days ago

Followed previous reviewers advice and went up short trail first and took longer trail down.A lot of rocks heading up but nothing too hard.We were fortunate enough that today there was only about 5 people on the trail besides ourselves so it was nice and quiet and we got to enjoy the summit.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice hike, trail was in very good condition and well marked. Appreciated the trail Steward's information and recommendations.

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