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 and walking and is best used from January until January.
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.
Spectacular hike. Once you're up on the ridge you enjoy views pretty much the rest of the way. After you get to the first summit, which is a short spur to the left of the main trail, the rest of the route is not marked with trail discs. However, there are cairns and you can see most of the remaining route. Once you're on the ridge you're mostly in the open and you go over several subsummits. At the last subsummit, which is really rocky and devoid of trees, you get the best views. You can continue to the true summit, which is not much farther, but the views are not as good. You'll know you're at the true summit if you see a cairn on a small rock patch. The top is broad and covered in many small trees, and you can no longer see any further humps.
I loved this hike. Great views and a little bit of everything along the trail. You go from the woods to open faced rock to a "field" on top. Just beautiful along the whole journey. I would highly suggest this hike.
Very nice hike. We did it with our kids (7 and 9) and they really enjoyed it!
My favorite hike so far! loved the view! Moderate difficulty, a little climbing at the end, but you can still enjoy the view without climbing.
Nice long hike and so many great views
Great hike though the views weren't as good as expected. Some snakes on the trail so you might have to deviate in order to avoid them. Overall, a good hike for a cloudy day!
Read many reviews of the trail at various hiking websites and all had a general consensus of "Out of Shape Hikers- 2-2.5 hours" Well, it took me 3.5 hours (didn't think I was that out of shape!) If you want to reach the peak, focus on the peak, once you get out of the tree line, you can easily get lost in enjoying the views, which are amazing, and waste a lot of time. While driving up, there were ALOT of people at various other trail heads along 9N and 73, some with the lots full and cars along the roadway. We expected the trail head to be packed at Jay but found only a dozen cars and only met a few groups along the way. Yes, bring plenty of water and be prepared for several scrambles over fallen trees and be alert to the trail on the ridge-line, there are cairns but some spots the trail disappears and you really have to look for it. Also, bring something to pay the toll to the crows that fly around up there, they aren't afraid of hikers!
Trail seemed longer through the wooded part than what is stated, mainly due to many switch backs and ups and downs. The trail is very well maintained and the views up top are spectacular. We continued on the ridge line and so glad we did. The cairns definitely help. Only saw one small snake. Definitely worth the effort - just be prepared with water, some rock scrambling if you continue on the ridge line and wear good hiking socks/shoes. We enjoyed the trail, but definitely felt longer and was tougher than we expected.
I loved this trail, however, I relied on this map in the app to find the trailhead which said I had "arrived" when I was still on the highway. Get directions from somewhere else. Nice shaded hike with lots of toads and a few snakes. Great view at the end!
This trail was more challenging than I thought but only because I wasn't prepared for distance and ran out of water at end. First half of hike is in the woods and last half is walking over open rock face. Most breathtaking views and may spots to stop for pictures of private eating areas. One of my most favorite hikes in the Adirondacks.
The views are very beautiful but you have to do all the sommet to enjoy all of it.
Great trail! Challenging and long with a beautiful view!