Exploring the adirondacks: Mount Jo

Autumn in the Adirondack Mountains is a truly magical time. The colors of the leaves change to vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, creating a breathtaking landscape. It’s the perfect time for a photographer to capture the natural beauty of the area.

This past autumn, I had the pleasure of hiking Mount Jo with Alaina, a photographer all the way from Dallas, Texas for an adventure branding session. Not only was this Alainas first time in the ADK, but being from the south, she never got to see foliage like this, so she wanted to do a hike and capture her first time witnessing the beautiful array of natural colors.

We met in the afternoon at the Mount Jo trailhead. We wanted to make sure we reached the summit just in time for sunset. The hike to the summit was challenging, but the views from the top were worth every step.

The trail was well-maintained and easy to follow, but it was a steep climb to the top. As we hiked, we were surrounded by the changing colors of the leaves, making for some great photo opportunities. We stopped several times to take pictures of the beautiful scenery, including a small stream that flowed alongside the trail, and the vibrant colors of the trees.

One of my favorite things about being a hiker is the hiking community. The whole way up, we ran into others who were coming down from the summit, and they told us of a secret lookout point off the path with wayyy better views slightly to the right of the summit. Alaina and I listened and are so glad we did!

Once we reached the lookout point, we were greeted with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and blue lake. The sun was just starting to set, casting a warm glow over the landscape. We spent the next hour capturing the beauty of the area, taking advantage of the different lighting conditions as the sun set lower behind the mountains, going into blue hour.

The descent was a bit easier, and we made our way back to the trailhead in the dark with a sense of accomplishment and a great set of photos. And then went to grab pizza in Lake Placid, New York before parting ways.

One of my favorite things about being an adventure photographer and doing these kinds of hikes is seeing the look of pride on my clients faces once they realize they completed a hard hike. They just proved to theirselves that they can do whatever they set their mind to, and leave with an appreciation for what their mind and body can do.

Being able to guide people on adventures like this is what makes my heart smile, and I’m so glad I got to do this with Alaina!

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