Last Saturday we headed out for a third Adirondacks hiking expedition of the season. Since days are shorter, nights are colder, and life is more hectic, we decided to make it a day trip instead of the usual weekender, so we chose Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain, as it’s located about 20 minutes south of Plattsburgh, right off the interstate.
There are two options for hiking Poke-o. The Red trail, which leaves from the former campground, is much steeper and about half the length, or the newer blue trail, about a mile down the road. We opted for the Blue, which was about 5 miles round trip. It follows the old ranger’s road most of the way to the top, so generally isn’t very steep. I managed to nearly knock myself out cold hiking up, and then fell over walking down, so I’m glad we chose the softer of the two trail options.
Poke-o-Moonshine is part of the fire tower challenge, so we’ve knocked another mountain off that to-do list.