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Mount Jo

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a moderate and scenic 2.3 mile run right out the back door of the Adirondak Loj.


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1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

71%

Runnable

2,868' 874 m

High

2,217' 676 m

Low

657' 200 m

Up

656' 200 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

76%

Max Grade (37°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Overview

While there are numerous great running options from the famous Adirondak Loj, none of them can offer you this good of a view for so few miles of running. At just under 2 miles round trip from the parking lot (or the back door of the Loj if you're staying there), this loop will give you a taste of what running in the Adirondacks is all about: gorgeous hardwood forests, steep switchback-less trails, and summit views that will remain in your mind's eye for years to come.

Runner Notes

I'm in average shape and I had no problem with the run. The Short Trail is the rockiest but most scenic, so it's great for going up. The Long Trail is perfect for the return.

Description

Starting from either the parking lot or the Adirondak Loj, find the Indian Pass Trail as it parallels the eastern shore of Heart Lake. Upon reaching the junction with the Short Trail, head right to make your way toward Mount Jo. I suggest taking the well-indicated Short Trail on the way up for a nice little workout on a steep, rocky trail. Upon reaching the hillside junction with the Long Trail, head right to remain on the Short Trail and reach the summit views. Once you've made it, revel in the views up top before taking the easier return route down the Long Trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: NY DEC - Region 5 Office

Shared By:

Eric P.

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  4.3 from 8 votes

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