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“Perfect Hike”
Review of Mount Jo

Mount Jo
Ranked #6 of 53 things to do in Lake Placid
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

This is the very first hike I ever did and years later I wanted to return to see how we both held up ;) The hike is still as wonderful as I remember! And reminded me where my love of hiking began...
We took the long trail up and the short trail down. The long trail is a great combination of everything a good hike would encompass, starts as a nice woodsy walk which then slowly develops to more challenging, steep and diverse terrain until the last part when you are doing some rock scrambling to reach the summit.
Like so many others have said the view from the top is fantastic, pack a lunch so you can enjoy and fuel up for the trip down. We took the short trip down which is a careful hike/climb down steep rocks/ boulders and some woodsy walking. It is a nice end to the overall experience.
Please plan on taking your time and enjoying both trails, no need to run up and down this pretty little mountain. Children over 7 and parents will love this hike, children especially the climbing bits where parents will have to keep up!
One thing- we saw a young girl coming down barefoot with flip flops in hand, her expression was not one of joy for sure- though it is listed in some books as an "easy" hike-it is definitely more "moderate"- good sneakers or hiking footwear is needed and the temperatures can fluctuate during the hike, so dress accordingly.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

The hike is very good. if you are an avid hiker - it should be easy. there are two ways to the top of the hill. one is a short one and the other is a longer one. The shorter one is quite steep and needs a some kind of rock climbing skills. The longer route is for everybody.
The descriptions say that its a very easy hike. which is not very true, especially if you are new to hiking. But, I would definitely say its worth the hike for the view you get from the top.
Start early... and carry bug repellents.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

A little more challenging than expected. My 6 year old did great. Had to carry the 3 year old about 75% of the way up and down. Gave me a nice workout! Short trail up in about 1 hour 15 mins. Long trail down in about 50 mins. Overall a great experience for our first real mountian hike as a family.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The visitors centre in Saranac Lake suggested this hike. The guidebook says 30 mins up (short trail) and 45 mins down (long trail). We took 2.5 hrs round trip via the long trail in both directions. Both trails are steep, but the three girls managed. However, the schnauzer's little legs nearly gave out.

Take sufficient water, bug spray for the summit, and enjoy the spectacular views.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Difficult enough that you feel like you've accomplished something. And the view! So worth it! Definitely try to take in Mount Jo.

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