The Jays

Upper Jay, New York

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It’s the only trail in the Jay Mountain Wilderness, and it traverses about 1.5 miles of open ridgeline, one of the longest stretches of open rock in the Adirondacks. Jay Mountain is really two peaks, east and west, connected by Grassy Notch, the saddle between the two summits. With its twin tops, Jay Mountain is often called simply “The Jays” by local hikers. The east peak is the higher summit, though the maintained section of trail only goes to the west summit. This hiking description covers both the climb to the west summit and then the traverse to the east summit, a 1.5-mile traverse primarily on an open ridgeline, which is easy to follow.
Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Lisa Densmore Ballard (Falcon Guides)

It’s the only trail in the Jay Mountain Wilderness, and it traverses about 1.5 miles of open ridgeline, one of the longest stretches of open rock in the Adirondacks. Jay Mountain is really two peaks, east and west, connected by Grassy Notch, the saddle between the two summits.

With its twin tops, Jay Mountain is often called simply “The Jays” by local hikers. The east peak is the higher summit, though the maintained section of trail only goes to the west summit. This hiking description covers both the climb to the west summit and then the traverse to the east summit, a 1.5-mile traverse primarily on an open ridgeline, which is easy to follow.

© 2017 Lisa Densmore Ballard/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Upper Jay
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 2,250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Lake Placid, High Peaks: Adirondack Park
Local Maps: Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): Jay Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to The Jays

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