Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Mt Jo Long Trail project enters year two with community support

Lake Placid, NY —Professional and volunteer trail crews organized by ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) are returning to Mt Jo this summer to continue building a new sustainable trail to the summit.

Serving over 15,000 hikers a year, Mt. Jo is an iconic mountain in North Elba that is often visited by first-time outdoor recreators and used as a classroom for ADK’s fourth grade school outreach program. After assessment, it was determined in 2020 that one of the two approaches to the summit—the Long Trail—had exceeded standards for sustainability and safety.

In response, ADK determined a new route, rallied support from donors and volunteers, and broke ground on the trail in 2021. Last November, the Town of North Elba backed the project by awarding ADK a $50,000 grant from the Local Enhancement & Advancement Fund (LEAF) to improve accessibility on the trail.

Thanks to this funding and support from donors, ADK enters the 2022 season on track to maintain the project’s completion target of fall 2023. Work this year will focus on hardening the lower half of the new trail using sustainable trail features and establishing the trail on the upper portion.

“We are excited to begin the season with so much support from the North Elba and ADK communities,” said Charlotte Staats, ADK Trails Manager. “Once completed, the new Long Trail will be a model for safe, sustainable trail design that is accessible to community members and visitors alike.”

Learn more about the Mt Jo Long Trail project at

About ADK 

Based out of the Adirondack Park in New York State, ADK is a leader in providing outdoor education, promoting responsible recreation, and organizing stewardship experiences. Since 1922, the organization has worked to increase access to the backcountry by building trails, conserving natural areas, and developing a stewardship community that supports the ethical and safe use of New York’s outdoor spaces. A member, donor, and volunteer-supported organization, ADK reaches across New York through its 27 chapters to inspire people to enjoy the outdoors ethically.

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One Response

  1. Boreas says:

    Sounds like a great project! I would like to know more details about this specific project. I could not find it on the ADK website.

    I would like to know what criteria ADK planners used to determine the trail “…had exceeded standards for sustainability and safety.”. There is currently much discussion about these parameters WRT state-owned trails in the HPW and throughout the Park, and specific details, criteria, and remedies would be helpful for the general hiking community to understand the monumental trail issues we face now and in the future of the Park trail networks.