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Normally one would complete the Mt Jo loop by continuing down the 'long trail' until it rejoins with the 'short trail', and from there hike back to the parking lot. However, I thought it would be more interesting and scenic if we took a short connector trail called the 'rock garden' trail down to the Street and Nye trail, and from there over to Heart Lake, where we could walk along the shore and experience some more Adirondack scenery. And it would only add an extra half-kilometre or so of walking.
Heading back to the Lake
The Low Shore
Color on the Lake
Heart Lake's water level was still as low (maybe even lower?) as it was two weeks before. All sorts of lttle rocks and pieces of wood were poking out above the surface of the water. On the plus side, the low level made for a wide sandy shoreline upon which to walk.
A little scenic stop
Colors above the Lake
View to Street
The other nice benefit of coming down here to hike along Heart Lake was that we could turn around and see Mt Jo, and the ledges upon which we stood just an hour or so before. Excellent work, Dad!
Beached canoe
Mission Accomplished!
Aurele completes the loop
A final shot
Little Sister
So concludes our introductory "Dad in the 'daks" hike. The moral of the story? It's never to early to start your Adirondack Mountains hiking career, even if you are approaching 87!
Interactive Trackmap & Photo Points - Mt Jo Loop Hike - Click link below to expand
Hike Data Summary
Start Time: 8:48a.m.
End Time: 12:36p.m.
Duration: 3h48m
Distance: 4.04 km (2.51 mi)
Average Speed: 1.1 km/hr (0.7 mph)
Start Elevation: 2220ft (677m) *
Max Elevation: 2931ft (893m) *
Min Elevation: 2188ft (667m) *
End Elevation: 2250ft (686m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 740ft (226m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 710ft (216m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Elevations over Distance and Time
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