Jay Mountain Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews
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Jay Mountain Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jay, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.9 miles
2,401 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers


For fans of open ridge hiking! Summits are a two-fer, with a western and an eastern one. They are joined by an extraordinary "highway in the sky" for abundant views from many angles. Jay Mountain Trailhead: The intersection of Jay Mountain Road and Upland Meadows Road, which is reached from Rt. 9N in Upper Jay by taking Trumbulls Rd. for 2.5 miles where it becomes Jay Mt. Rd., which is followed another 0.8 mi to Upland Meadows Rd.

7 days ago

Fairly easy and straightforward hike. We had two beginners and two advanced hikers, and they all enjoyed this hike. The views from the viewpoint are simply incredible especially during fall when the trees have changed colours.

14 days ago

Wonderful views, no crowds. The push to the top of the first summit feels lengthy for the last .5 mile. I did not get to experience the ridge line but I imagine the hike should be longer than ~7 miles. Out and back from parking lot to first summit was 5.2 miles via my garmin so if you plan to do both summits anticipate it being longer than you might think. I would absolutely do this one again!

26 days ago

Beautiful hike!

1 month ago

Gradual until the first lookout, which offers amazing views in itself (make sure to continue past the first lookout on a path to the other side). The ridge is worth taking to the actual peak in my opinion. There are views the whole way and it’s not too strenuous.

1 month ago

Belle vue, dénivelé pas trop difficiles.
Agréable randonnée!

1 month ago

There is definitely some confusion about this trail. I would say to the far Peaks beyond the ridge it's more like 8+ miles total. it is very well-marked to the first little peak right when you come out of the trail, then hardly marked at all. At that point you can then go right along the ridge to the summits. If you are arguing with children, you definitely want to go to that first peak before the ridge. Very easy for new hikers until the ridge, then I would say moderate.

1 month ago

A beautiful hill walk or hike. Great view of Lake Champlain and the High Peaks. I did not find the trail difficult to follow.

2 months ago

One of the best trails I've done. It is a bit of boring in the beginning, but once you get to the top you have fascinating views in both directions and a pretty long ridge to walk to the end of the trail. The elevation is not too hard.

4 months ago

Awesome time - saw a fair number of animals (mostly toads and chipmunks, but we also saw what we think was an eagle). Great views all along the ridge at the top.

7 months ago

Visit the trail to the summit the 18-02-2018.
Ice condition with about 10 inches on the ground.
The ADK had received a lot of rain in the past days..
Use of boot spikes is recommanded.
I had clear the trail from 3 trees.
Very nice view .
Look the frosty trees on the top to take some good macro picture of the beauty of the nature.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Loved the open views and rocks on a partly cloudy day. Fall foliage at its peak. Trail in the woods (first 3 mi) was carpeted with colorful leaves. Some rock scrambling at the end.

Monday, October 02, 2017

I would definitely go back in a more mellow temperature, there's a lot of walk out of the woods at the top so in my opinion, not a hike to do under full sun and really hot temperature. But I love love love the rocks :)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The DEC trail only goes to the 1st summit (jay mt). The trail is well marked with blue DEC trail signs. The grade is continuous mild-moderate to jay mt. Just before the summit there is a spur that leads left approx 75 yards to an open area with nice views. Once the summit is reached there is a herd path only to the other 2 summits of the jay mt wilderness. The ridge is undulating with cairns marking the way. Often there are multiple paths to take but overall pretty easy to follow in both directions--as long as you follow the ridge you're ok. The ridge has more steep sections, but the wide open 360 degree views are well worth it

Sunday, August 27, 2017

definitely worth the hike. took my daughter who is 9 she loved the view. trails are clear and definitely challenging!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Great ride ,

Monday, July 31, 2017

If you don't have GPS you might not want to do this mountain. It is very easy to get off the main trail at times and very confusing to get back on because you aren't sure when you departed from it. The alternate trail I was led off onto comes to an abrupt end and you have to backtrack to find the main trail. The trail is marked in places that are misleading with cairns scattered in a lot of random spots. The views are alright, but arriving at the summit was unsatisfying because there were so many false summits that were better than the actual summit. There are much better mountain trails out there.

Monday, July 31, 2017

I am an experienced hiker, though the first three quarters of trail is well marked,the last quarter is
NOT. Coming down we followed some cairns leading us off the trail which made it very difficult navigating back to the actual trail. Very confusing and frustrating -- cause for distress. The trail is very ambiguous and needs to be better marked with PAINT. The placement of cairns in several locations is erroneous and therefore misleading. The summit is unfulfilling because it's not officially marked. The views are nice but poor trail markings greatly detracted from overall experience.We also saw a copperhead SNAKE! Beware..not a good overall hiking experience!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

VERY beautiful at the summit! it was a bit confusing at the top, but i suggest going to the left when you reach top, the views are wonderful. The hike was a bit hard for me. However im really not in shape! i recommend to everyone, it's a good challenge for amateur hikers!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Very nice hike. The trail is well marked. Great continuous views from the ridge. We had a newbie in our group, it was a bit difficult for her but she managed to complete the hike all the same.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great, varied, challenging trail. Awesome 360 views at the summit, which is elusive once you hit the ridge. Took just under 6 hours for me, 44, in decent shape.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Super nice trail. Pay attention! On the way down, just before the blue signs begin, I took a alternative trail without realizing it...I ended up being able to find the main path with my iphone gps.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Amazing views. No disappointment here.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Went twice in 2016: Nice views, slightly confusing where is the ending summit, both times had problem to find the way back at the same place. A must to do !

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Was a great hike. Had alot of fun. Was a little confused as to where the actual summit was.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Nice hike! :-)

Monday, June 12, 2017

What a trail! One of the prettiest we've done! This moderate trail is everything you could ask for... Nice trail in the forest that suddenly transforms into this rocky trail. And the view! Wow.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

My husband, our dog, and I hiked this trail on 5/28/17. While a little muddy on the way up, and quite buggy at the top on the ridge, the climb was worth it for the view. Hiking along the ridge is pretty great. Took us about 3.5 hours overall to go 5.6 miles, with a good amount of stops at the top for photos.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Everything I hoped it would be. Lots of walking on open rock, amazing views and total solitude. What more does a girl want?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hiked 5/12-- Beautiful hike with great terrain, a well marked trail, and not too much mud. When you're getting towards the top I highly recommend taking a left when you get to the fork in the trail. It leads you to some rocks to climb, but the views are absolutely spectacular! I actually enjoyed the views from that little 'side summit' than the view at the actual summit! I would definitely do this trail again!

Friday, May 12, 2017

This was a great hike that offered great views along the ridge. There was perfect 360 degree views. I will definitely do this hike again.

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