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Mount Jo

Address: Lake Placid, NY
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Ranked #2 of 40 things to do in Lake Placid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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Savannah, Georgia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Mt Joe was a hike our whole family enjoyed. very rewarding at the top with great views of the surrounding areas and the town of Lake Placid. We have a wide range of ages in our family but was doable by all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I have never hiked before. All I knew were the pictures of that amazing view at the top. $10 for the parking. 2 miles round trip hike. It has the short trail which is steeper than the long one. If u don't mind putting the effort in it, I would suggest going up the short trail and coming down the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This requires you like climbing on natural trails. Fun, but dress accordingly. $7 to park. You can explore flat trails too in this area.

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White Plains, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I'm not a big hiker but my fiance, our pug and I decided to check out Mount Jo while we were in Lake Placid for the weekend. We saw that it was one of the best attractions here, and despite never really hiking, we decided to give it a shot. It was a lot harder than we expected (we took... More 

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Great way to spend the day hiking. Trail head is easily accessible. View from the top is beautiful. Doesn't require any technical climbing skills.

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Syracuse, New York
1 review
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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53 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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