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Nov 23, 2019 (Sat)
Elevation: 2887 feet; Order of Height: 212
Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Jennifer Innes, Brian Connell, Chris Hatko
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An easy return to 'twilight' hiking (a term coined during 2016's spate of three sunset/sunrise hikes), this time to the top of Mount Jo.

Twilight hikes work best when the distance (and therefore time) required to get from trailhead to summit is very short - hence the choice of Mount Jo. We departed from the ADK high peaks center parking lot shortly before 3pm and did the long loop up Mount Jo via the Rock Garden trail (even at that, it's pretty short). We arrived on the summit ledges shortly before 4pm, giving us twenty minutes or so to observe the sunset and subsequent twilight.

The conditions were great - calm and clear and some high clouds to [potentially] give great sunset color reflections. But no, the angle and/or nature of the sun's location and the clouds resulted in a fairly lackluster sunset and twilight. Nice enough, but not spectacular. Still, Mount Jo makes for an enoyable little stroll and we weren't at all unhappy with the subdued sunset scene.

Headlamps on for the quick direct (short variation) descent back to the trailhead and parking lot. Thirty minutes after standing on the summit ledges, we were back at the car.

See the image gallery link below for a more detailed writeup and the set of pictures.

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 Image Gallery: November 2019 Mount Jo Sunset Hike


Oct 6, 2007 (Sat)
Elevation: 2887 feet; Order of Height: 212
Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Jennifer Innes, Aurele Lavigne
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Well... since my Dad was approaching 87, I figured it was high time that he do a hike in the Adirondacks. So, while he was with us on a short visit, Jenn and I took him on short-but-scenic intro hike: Mount Jo. This was also a first for me, because after all this time, I'd never took the time to hike up this peak.

Our weather options were less than optimal, and we chose the best part of the weekend - a little stretch of mostly cloudy and hazy weather on Saturday morning. It was suprisingly warm out for October! Oh, and the ADK Loj parking area was bursting at the seams with cars and people. Wow!

Fortunately, our little trip up to Mount Jo is where 99.9% of the people did not go, so we had it mostly to ourselves. My Dad made slow but steady progress, and we were impressed with the way he managed himself up the quite steep and bouldery 'short trail' to the summit. I'd say a little regular hiking practice in these parts and he could probably do some bigger peaks.

The summit view is great - for such a low elevation peak it has a great lookout ledge, and on top of that, the ledge is perfectly situated to look out over Heart Lake the central high peaks. A stunning spot, even with the slightly gloomy weather conditions.

A sudden rain squall forced us off the summit and into our raingear. We descended via the less-steep 'long trail', then cut over to Heart Lake via the Rock Garden side trail. Water level of the lake was super low, owing to recent dry conditions. Fabulous hike, and I'm proud of my soon-to-be-87 year old Dad. He did great!

See the image gallery link below for a more detailed writeup and the set of pictures.

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 Image Gallery: October 2007 Mt Jo Loop : Dad in the 'daks


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