This hike begins will a leisurely 1-mile hike around Heart Lake before a rigorous and steep 2-mile round-trip hike to the top of Mt. Jo. From the summit (requiring 700ft. of vertical ascent) we will enjoy a view of the largest Wilderness Area in the northeast, and we will take numerous breaks along the trail to learn about the flora and fauna of the Adirondack Park.
Breakfast served buffet-style from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m. Warm up for the day with a stretching session by Heart Lake before departing.
9:00 a.m. Begin hike around Heart Lake and up Mt. Jo. Mt. Jo is a small mountain located on our property that offers exceptional views of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Although small in stature, Mt. Jo provides an excellent sample of what it’s like to climb some of the bigger mountains, as the trail passes through several distinct forest types on its way to the summit. The day will consist of an interpretive walk/talk focused on the topic of Forest Succession. Distance = 2.5 miles Elevation gain = 700'. Terrain = steep, rocky & rugged.
Pack-out bag lunch at the summit.
Descend Mt. Jo via the Long Trail. Complete circumnavigation of Heart Lake. Distance = 1 mile. Elevation gain = none. Terrain = gentle, rolling. Option to continue hiking on property trails.
Dinner at 6:15 p.m. in Adirondack Mountain Club’s ADK Loj. Instructor will dine with participants and share local insight into what life is like in the Adirondacks
8:00 p.m. The evening entertainment is a presentation on the "Celebration of Wildness".