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Jay Mountain Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,401 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

hiking
1 day ago

Fun hike! Made it to the first summit for awesome views. Will be back to do the ridge portion. Took about 2.5 hours for the first summit.

hiking
4 days ago

Wonderful trail with spectacular views! No bugs yet! Yippee! Trail was in great condition and only a very few minor muddy spots. There was also a snow spot but easily navigated.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Absolute Favorite Mountain. More like 8 miles and 4000ft ascent if you go all the way to the farthest summit but well worth it, endless views in all directions. Only 2.4 into the first overlook. Easy terrain for the first 2.4 miles. The remainder of the trail after the first summit has some scrambling and rock faces but overall doable. Could be tricky for some dogs, but our skilled dogs did well.

hiking
muddy
9 days ago

11 days ago

of all the trails I've hiked in the Adirondacks, this is my favorite so far! trail is very smooth (very free of roots,stumps and snags) . it was 95% dry today and the mud and snow that was there was easily bypassed. trail is well marked and easy to follow. the cairns at the top that lead from the first peak to the second and third are well placed and easy to follow. excellent Views at many points on the way up but the views along the ridge top trail are incredible in all directions. at 6'2" and 6'5" and athletic, we took about 2 hours to get to the first peak and spent another hour exploring the ridge to the third peak. incredibly fun hike!

hiking
12 days ago

Some snowy sections on upper portion of trail before reaching the western peak. Easily passable without spikes. The views of snow capped Marcy, Algonquin and Whiteface were excellent. Did not hike the entire ridge due to fresh snow on a narrow scramble section of the trail.

12 days ago

most scenic Adirondack hike I've done outside of giant/rpr traverse during peak foliage. bring your spikes!

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome trail, 360° views from the scenic overlook at then breathtaking views from the ridge. You don’t want to miss this trail.

hiking
21 days ago

Solid hike today! Trail is really dry except for a small section towards the top. This is the perfect time of year to hike Jay

hiking
muddy
23 days ago

hiking
muddy
snow
23 days ago

Great hike yesterday! Wonderful weather . A little bit of patchy snow starting right before the lookout. It was difficult to get to the last peak without crampons. A bit muddy but nothing that could ruin the hike

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blowdown
icy
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
icy
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice grind up from go. 45 degrees when we started, and we switched from micro spikes to snowshoes about 2.5 miles in as the sun softened everything up. Great timing. Super soft to the top. Sinking knee deep near the top. A lot of up and down. But great hike. Didn’t do the split off for the view on the way up or down. Well marked trail, decent traffic makes it weary to follow.

2 months ago

incredible hike.... worth it

hiking
icy
off trail
snow
3 months ago

hiking
blowdown
snow
4 months ago

Loved this hike even with the unseasonably warm, rainy weather. The climb begins immediately from the trailhead and doesn't stop until the top, but the woods were beautiful and my heart rate was up. The top was mostly clouded in, but the views that peeked through were enticing enough that I will be back on a clearer day. The snow was wet, so I had plenty of grip, but definitely bring spikes or snowshoes along because it is icy beneath the surface. I stopped at the first scenic lookout due to the fog and clouds. The wooded section of the trail is clearly marked and easy to follow. I'll be back with the sunshine.

hiking
blowdown
icy
rocky
snow
4 months ago

What a beautiful day in Jay! Hike took just about 4 hours total. Hiked on 1/9/20. About 8 miles total. You’ll definitely need micro spikes - under the powder it’s a sheet of ice! Windchill wasn’t bad (about 0° on the summit). Great view and a great hike! Highly recommend.

hiking
blowdown
icy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Une très belle randonnée avec beaucoup de points de vue. La première partie se fait aisément mais les derniers points de vue se font en passant par plusieurs cap rocheux où on doit descendre pour remonter ensuite. Dans cette section, on doit utiliser les mains pour gravir les roches. Nous avons fait jusqu’au sommet réel mais beaucoup de personnes s’arrêtent et font demi-tour avant la fin. En hiver, certains passages sont plus délicats avec le chien ( un labrador), puisque la glace lui nuit lors des bouts les plus à pic mais ça reste possible et agréable.

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