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Mount Jo

Lake Placid, NY
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Ranked #2 of 22 Attractions in Lake Placid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We walked up the mountain using the short trail. You really need to be in shape because it is like climbing rock stairs for about a mile. The view on the top was stunning and worth the hike up. We came down the long trail and it was much easier with less climbing. We took the rock garden trail off... More

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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Many label this hike as easy, but it does have it's challenges. If you go the short route, be prepared to be climbing over boulders in a pretty steep ascent. I would recommend trekking poles for the decent, as it is quite steep. You need about 3 hours round trip and parking costs $10.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Well, I have done my share of hiking in my time (Eagle Scout here), but my goodness this was a rocky trail. You can take the short cut (you walk directly up the side of the mountain), or you can take the longer trail (.2 miles extra) and do a couple of cutbacks. All in all, I am glad I... More

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Camillus, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

A smaller mountain that opens up to stunning views of the High Peaks. The short trail is challenging if you have any physical issues. Filled with rocks to climb over. The long trail is not as demanding a hike.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The Mt. Jo hike itself is about 2.5 to 3 miles roundtrip. Add another 2 to 2.5 miles if you have to park back by Meadow Drive (Lane?) and walk up the road to the trailhead. Walking along the road is generally flat so it won't exhaust you for the trail hike. Parking right by the trailhead (on the grounds... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

If you want to go to Mount Jo be sure not to go on a fall weekend. We thought we would arrive early enough to beat the crowds Saturday morning but were sorely wrong. Hoards were pouring into the area like ants on a hill. All parking was full and rangers were giving tickets to those who parked on the... More

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Rochester, New York
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10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a great hike that is a good challenge and you feel like you've accomplished something and rewards you with lovely views of the High Peaks and Heart Lake. Options to add on to an around the lake hike or to take the short way / long way up or down Mt. Jo. (tip... shorter is also steeper!) There... More

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

this trail is short but it's uneasy because is a rocky trail. In other way, it's a half day hike and the view is wonderful!. Down the hill there is a lake were with a small beach and a canoe location.

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Milford, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Great hike. There are some rocky sections so they are can be slippery, especially in the spring. Very nice, well maintained trails. There are two trails, so you can go up one way and down the other. We saw a lot of children and dogs. The views from the top are spectacular. Access from the ADK Loj parking lot. There... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Great view for the climb, and swim at heart lake near marcy. Fun for our family and the fresh air is good, one of the places you really get that hit of Balsam.

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