Poke-O-Moonshine via the Ranger Trail

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Keeseville follow Route 9 south for 7.5 miles to the trailhead on the right at the former Poke-O-Moonshine State Campground

Trail Description

This is the most popular route up the mountain, but also the shortest and steepest. From the trailhead the trail soon begins to get much steeper with many rock steps to ease the ascent as it approaches a wall of rock. The trail swings around to the left and up to the top of the wall with outstanding views. From here the trail soon goes left on a series of switchbacks to the intersection with the truck trail that comes in on the left. Follow right as it moderately approaches the summit and the fire tower. Outstanding views can be had from the ground floor as well as the cab of the tower.

Elevation: 2,170 feet

Round Trip Distance: 3.6 miles

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