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 more than 15,000 hikers a year, Mount Jo is an iconic North Elbe mountain that is often visited by first-time outdoor enthusiasts and used as a classroom for the schools outreach program of fourth year of ADK. After evaluation, it was determined in 2020 that one of the two summit approaches – the Long Trail – exceeded durability and safety standards.
In response, ADK determined a new route, rallied support from donors and volunteers, and paved the way for 2021. Last November, the City of North Elba supported the project by awarding ADK a $50,000 grant from the Local Enhancement & Advancement Fund (LEAF) to improve accessibility on the trail.
With this funding and donor support, ADK enters the 2022 season on track to maintain the goal of completing the project in the fall of 2023. Work this year will focus on strengthening the lower half of the new trail using durable trail elements and establishing the trail on the upper.
“We are thrilled to start 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 of safe and sustainable trail design that is accessible to community members and visitors.”
Learn more about the Mt Jo Long Trail project on ADK.org
Based in Adirondack Park, New York, ADK is a leader in providing outdoor education, promoting responsible recreation, and hosting 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 ethical and safe use of the spaces. exteriors of New York. As a member, donor, and volunteer-supported organization, ADK reaches across New York through its 27 chapters to inspire people to enjoy the outdoors ethically.