Poke-o-Moonshine: Observers Path

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Taylor Pond Wild Forest

Poke-o-Moonshine: Observers Path is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Willsboro, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.7 miElevation gain1417 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsMuddySnow
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Alternative route to the peak of Pokamoonshine. This route is less steep, but longer. Trail passes by what appeared to be a Beaver pond, as well as the remains of the observers cabin near the junction with the other standard route. Trail then joins with the other route for a quarter mile hike to the peak, firetower, and views of Vermont and the Champlain valley.

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Dennis Flynn
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Snowshoeing
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Peter Weyrauch
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HikingGreat!Icy

Did this yesterday with friends and my pup. Incredible views from the top. Definitely need micro spikes or better yet real crampons. Some ice but trail is in great shape

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Mellissa Furnia
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Susan Howard
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Hiking

Trail packed snow, spikes were fine. Gorgeous views.

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Devan Bushey
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Hiked on 1/3/21 for sunrise. not much of a sunrise, but this trail is gentle and has a lot of views along the way, ponds & the cliffs of poko. prefer it to the alternate trail up poko for the winter, perfect for snowshoeing right now :) took 2 hours round trip, 115 up 45 down. Recorded as 5.2 miles.

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rodger Melin
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Cody Lobdell
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Paul Baker
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Frat time hiking alone was able to read the trail Signs all around a good hike oct 31

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Jessica Terwilliger
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Straightforward hike with gorgeous views.

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Nick V
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Fun peak

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Anne Marthy-Noonan
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HikingGreat!

Lots of care given to the trail over the past 2 years was evident. Amazing views from the top!

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Kerry Tice
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Heather Diaz
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6th time here love this

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Edward Brandmeier
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Scott Sheffield
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HikingGreat!
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Steve Tirone
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william Kowal
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Elyce Tompkins
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HikingFeeMuddyRockyScramble

The fire tower is closed, but the view from the top is breathtaking. The northeast view of Lake Champlain is absolutely beautiful; definitely one of our favorites. We clocked this hike at about 4.7 miles. Be careful because there is a slippery section near the top where water is running down from a small marsh over the flat rocks. There is also some rock scrambles and 2 small section of mud. Nothing too bad. Do not let this deter you from climbing this mountain.

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Russell Matteson
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Erin & Tony
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HikingRocky

Beautiful fall hike. Weather was great and the trail was nice and gradual. The pond, beaver dam, was a good little respite. The views @ the summit are great even without climbing fire tower. The hatch on fire tower was closed. There were a few steep spots but nothing too difficult. As long as you watch your footing and beware of the loose rocks you will be fine. Took almost 3 hours round trip and that includes a 45 min break at top.

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Zachary Jackson
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Not too difficult, some uphill sections were really steep though. It gets super dark once the sun sets too.

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Bryce Lauren
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Beautiful hike

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Christina Zielinski
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Great trail. Quiet in the morning when we left. Packed by noon.

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Heather Diaz
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Bronce Perez Matos
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Great hike. Very easy and gradual. The views are stellar.

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Matthew Matthew Downey
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