Poke-O-Moonshine Trail

MODERATE 60 reviews
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Poke-O-Moonshine Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keeseville, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.4 miles 1288 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

A great out & back trail leading to a fire tower. There are views towards the High Peaks and Lake Champlain from the summit. From the fire tower there are views towards the northern part of Lake Champlain and Plattsburgh. The cab of the fire tower is open during the summer months.

10 days ago

Excellent short hike with great views.

trail running
18 days ago

Short but TOUGH run to the top. Very good views especially in the fall!

1 month ago

Great views. Very busy trail. Fire tower is always locked. Heavy tick infestation along trail. Check your dogs thoroughly after this one.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Still a good little hike after all these years. First time doing the back way and liked it a lot more! 9/4/16

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful foliage in Autumn!! Loved it. Nice family hike.

2 months ago

it was a bit hard to find because the directions on Google maps was wrong... but a great hike

2 months ago

Gone up this trail many times and we love the improvements going on! Much less ankle rolling. If you hike the steep trail, make sure you watch where you step and wear appropriate foot wear, (although I've hiked this one barefoot many times) due to Lisa of round moving rocks. other than that, this is a wonderful hike for kids and people who are our of shape and want a good challenge. The trail is very steep in the beginning, then gets less steep to the summit. Great views for a short hike.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I've been hiking this trail for about 25 years. It's one of my favorite short hikes and the view is definitely worth the hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Great view!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing view from the fire tower - well worth the climb! We took the red trail up (it's a workout!) and came back down blue.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

9/1/16~80 mostly sunny. There are 2 ways to start this climb. You can park @ the camp ground and take the trail marked with red trail markers or park in the lot that has the Poke-O-moonshine state sign and head on the trail that's marked with blue trail markers. We parked @ the campground, headed in toward he big rock, on the trail. Needless to say we took the turn to the left and went quite a ways out of the way. Used the recorder to get back on the trail. The red trail markers is the front of the mountain. This trail is very steep. If you are not in shape, I would proceed slowly. The view from the top was worth the trip. You can't get to the top of the Fire Tower as it has a padlock but you can climb up to get a great view. On the way back we decided to take the "observer trail" which is the blue trail markers. It's not as rocky, the decline is not bad at all. You'll cross 2 wooden bridges, you'll see 2 ponds, some wet spots. A much better trail for an easier "jolt" through the woods. Once we got to the bottom of the blue trail we had to walk about 3/4-1 back to the car. Once we figured the trails out, they are well marked. Saw 3 other groups, no wildlife or bugs. My garmin said we did 5.87 miles total. It was a great day to hike. If you're looking for a GREAT diner in Keeseville after your hike, head to Big Daddy's BBQ!!

hiking
3 months ago

Called intermediate but that's a broad category. Very challenging for anyone deconditioned or recovering from injury. Apparently there is a lower trail that could allow you to warm up before starting the climb, but we took the path that had the more strenuous inclines. Deep forest, very quiet, mostly deciduous with a few fungi along the path edge.The upper section gets even more difficult. You can do it, but you will feel it. Slow and steady was our mantra. Steeper inclines had a great deal of loose stone making the climb more challenging and the return required careful stepping on our rubbery, fatigued legs. Late summer, no rain but there are still several areas of the trail that are wet from springs. Wild blackberries reward those who get closer to the summit. A high pond makes a good rest spot. A pine needle path scents the walk. Gorgeous views, a great feeling of achievement and success. 5 peregrine falcons floated over our heads. On the trail we saw folks older than us, and parents with children (6 - 10 yo). Hiked and reviewed by a pair of 50 something women, not usually hikers.

hiking
4 months ago

Not much view on the way up, but the view from the summit is gorgeous. Some sloppy groundwater stretches here or there, but pretty traversable, overall. A good uphill workout without being treacherous.

4 months ago

Great hike! Difficult at times but view is Worth it

4 months ago

very Nice

5 months ago

its a rough trail but the view was well worth it