Poco-Moonshine Fire Lookout Tower; Adirondack Mountains

Total Mileage: 3.6 Miles                                            Directions 44.402150,-73.502854

Total rise: 1457′                                                                        Facebook

Hike Time: 2.5 hours                                                                My Pintrest

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Significance: Fire Tower, Views                                        THE FIRE TOWER PAGE

Printable Map

Here is some of what you need to know: Recently the Ranger trail has been altered by the NY DEC making it a little longer and less steep; I noticed that some maps have not been changed, so if something does not seem right then that might be why.

– There are two parking areas, the southern trail (Observer Trail) is longer; this hike starts at the state run campground.

-Do not confuse this mountain with Peekamoose in the Catskill mountains (because it sounds similar).

1. Scroll the mouse over the altitude line to see where it lines up on the map

2. Click on the flags for more information

3. Click on the pictures to make them large


The experience starts in the parking lot of the campground as you look up at the massive cliff face on the mountain. The beginning of the trail you will walk among massive Boulders that have fallen off of the face of the mountain over time and rolled into their current place, very impressive. This is the ranger trail, it was well maintained and the red blazes made it easy to follow; it is a steady climb up to the top gaining 1,275′ of elevation over 1.8 Miles. We frequently saw the tower on our right and we thought how are we going to get over there; it all worked out in the end.

Lookout at 1.3 miles where the southern trail merges with this one; also at this spot you will see a shelter and the remnants of watchmen’s cabin. You will see a few vistas on the last stretch to the top, but nothing you cannot see from the tower.






The first view I saw from the top of the tower was Lake Champlain, it is huge and seems to go endlessly north into the horizon, very cool. Across the lake is Vermont; Camels Hump is pictured below (the top is in the clouds) and Mount Mansfield is more north of that. Looking south is Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge (RPR). To the east is Whiteface and Esther. If you do not like to climb towers you can still get an incredible view from the cliffs.


Whiteface and Esther; click on picture to enlarge

Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge Center










Lake Champlain; Camels Hump to the right, Mansfield to the left













This trail is moderate in terms of distance and elevation gain making it great for beginners we hit Hurricane the same day. Check out our other fire tower hikes on the east coast, below are the towers we have hiked on the Adirondack challenge.





Spruce Mountain Fire Tower                       Snowy Mountain Fire Tower

Rondax (Bald Mountain) Fire Tower           Stillwater Fire Tower

Hurricane                                                      Poke O Moonshine

Vanderwhacker           Black Mountain       Belfry

Azure Fire Tower                                          Saint Regis Fire Tower


                                    Catskill Towers

Hunter and Rusk mountain                 Balsam Lake Fire Tower               

Overlook Mountain Fire Tower            Red Hill Fire tower

Tremper Mountain Fire Tower