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Monday Mountain Madness: Poke-O-Moonshine, Adirondacks, NY

Monday Mountain Madness: Poke-O-Moonshine, Adirondacks, NY

A classic Adirondack climb!

Hike Stats:

Summit Elevation: 2,180 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,280 feet
Total Mileage: 2.4 miles

Click Here for Directions to the Poke-O-Moonshine Trailhead 

KID FRIENDLY: YES!! But do keep an eye on them as you near the summit, there are cliffs up there, there is actually some pretty spectacular rock and ice climbing found on this mountain. Plenty of safe space to move around and take in the view!

Poke-O-Moonshine, while not a high peak, does have one of the few remaining fire towers in the Adirondack region that you can actually climb. There is often a summit steward at the summit, to welcome you and tell you about the area.

Do not let the short distance fool you. This is a short hike but it is all ADIRONDACK business! Steep, rocky, and worth every step.

You may also enjoy our other Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge blog posts, and our Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge VIDEO PLAYLIST! I have included both links at the end of this post if you want to read on and check them out later.

We completed that climb in about 2 hours, at the end of a day which started with climbing two high peaks!! It was a long, but rewarding, day.

A few photos from the climb and the summit:

First sight of the massive cliffs! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
First sight of the massive cliffs! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Ruins of what I believe was an old Ranger cabin. 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Ruins of what I believe was an old Ranger cabin. 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit marker! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit marker! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Fire Tower! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Fire Tower! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Chris and me on the summit, our third summit that day. We were beat but thrilled with our accomplishments! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Chris and me on the summit, our third summit that day. We were beat but thrilled with our accomplishments! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Chris climbing the firetower! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Chris climbing the firetower! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
View from the fire tower! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
View from the fire tower! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! Overlooking Lake Champlain. 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! Overlooking Lake Champlain. 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
Summit views! 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
The campground at the base of the mountain. 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
The campground at the base of the mountain. 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
We got off the trail just as dark fell. 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY
We got off the trail just as dark fell. 9/6/2009: Poke-O-Moonshine Hike, Adirondacks, NY

You may also enjoy our other Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge blog posts, and our Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge VIDEO PLAYLIST!

Thank you for reading!

~Amy, Chris, & Dora

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