A Short Trail to a World of Insight

Elevation: 2876 ft
Ascent: 700 ft
Round-trip Distance: 2.2 or 2.6 miles
Location: ADK’s Heart Lake Program Center near Lake Placid
Region: Lake Placid/High Peaks region

There are two trails up Mt. Jo. The shorter and steeper trail has been well built by ADK’s trail crew. The crew has lavished many hard hours building the steps and water bars on this trail. There is also the Long Trail. Mt. Jo is a great beginner hike for kids and adults with wonderful views from the summit.

As the picture shows, Algonquin (and Wright) peaks are center stage with Heart Lake nestled at the base of Mt. Jo. Even Mt. Marcy is visible as the high point on the horizon left of center. The Adirondack mountains consist mainly of 1.1 billion year old anorthosite. On the summit, right there in plain view, are excellent examples of dikes.  They are intrusions of magma in cracks in the anorthosite that form a rock that is even harder than the anorthosite. This greater hardness causes them to weather more slowly than the anorthosite, making them stick up like veins.

Note: For a more complete description of the trail, please see the guide Adirondack Mountain Club High Peaks Trails and the accompanying Trails of the Adirondacks High Peaks Map.

Hope you have a great hike! Bob Goodwin