Mount Jo Loop Trail

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Mount Jo Loop Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Placid, New York 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.

2.1 miles
761 feet

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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.

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12 hours ago

I would not consider this hike as easy because it ends up being very steep, but the good thing is it's only for a short while. Once you really start feeling it in your legs is about when you reach the summit. The views at the top are so so worth it too. Took me about an hour round trip, I went up the easier/longer way and down the harder/shorter way. Which I would definitely recommend doing it this way as the short way is VERY steep and honestly not much shorter. Bring your bathing suit to go on the beach and swim in heart lake after your hike! This will make for a great day :)

4 days ago

Nice & easy. Short trail a bit of a challenge for little kids but do-able

7 days ago

We took the short loop. Well maintained trail with a steep climb over some boulders but the views were worth it!

8 days ago

Well maintained, challenging but short hike to a great view. Helpful ADK staff at the summit!

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1 month ago

Done this over 20 times probably first did it as my first hike ever as an 7 year old so beautiful come back to Loj periodically and just hike that mountain and heart lake together. Stewards are on the top and is by a nature center for children.

1 month ago

Awesome and fun

1 month ago

We did this hike with my 9 year old daughter. She loved it! A little steep in some areas. Rocky. A bit muddy. Beautiful views at the summit.

1 month ago

Moderate short hike.

1 month ago

Great hike with incredible views. Park along the road instead of entering the lot to save yourself $10. Get there early, the road fills up quickly with cars. A moderate hike with with some steep areas but not too bad. Extremely muddy because of the all the rain 2 days prior but still worth it. The trail head is to the right of the booth when facing it, just past the pond. We took the long path up and the long path down. There is an option of the short path, which will be marked on the trail.. shorter but harder.

1 month ago