|Oct. 6, 2007 (Sat.)
|Elevation: 2887 feet; Order of Height: 212
|Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Jennifer Innes, Aurele Lavigne
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