Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain via the Observer's Trail

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Keeseville, follow Route 9 south for around 8.5 miles to the trailhead on the right, passing by the approach for the steeper Ranger Trail to the mountain.

Trail Description

This trail has always been an approach to the summit, but up until a not all that long ago it has become marked and used much more often. The trail is much more moderate than the one from the campground and in much better condition.

Most of the trail swings around the steeper ledges, avoiding any seriously steep terrain. High along the ridge there is an attractive beaver pond, worthy of a few snapshots. A couple of views appear along the ridge walk before the intersection with the campground trail. There's a lean-to in this general area that's a great spot for a family camping trip. 

Follow the left trail as it moderately approaches the summit and the fire tower. There are outstanding views from the summit and from the tower.  

Elevation: 2,170 feet

Round Trip Distance: 4 miles

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