The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine

Calling all hikers and climbers from across the Adirondacks and beyond to join in saving one of our most beloved mountain pathways, the historic Ranger Trail to the summit of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain!
Steep, challenging, yet invariably rewarding, the trail has become badly eroded in places, causing the financially strapped New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in 2011, to threaten its closure unless it could be restored.
The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine - a grass roots group of local hikers who came together in 1997 to fight successfully to preserve the decaying, nearly 100 year old fire tower – are now determined to save the trail, and in 2011, with DEC approval, started a fund raising campaign to do just that!

If you've climbed that trail  and are familiar with its joys and challenges, we ask you to


Please go to the Donate link below
with a tax-exempt contribution!
If you'd like more information before making a commitment, read on:

If you'd like more information before making a commitment, read on:

We estimate the project will cost at least $250,000. As of the end of 2017, we have received $218,000 in individual and organizational donations and pledges. In 2015, two professional teams, The Adirondack Mountain Club Trails Program and Tahawus Trails LLC, began work: so far, they have built 185 beautifully engineered rock steps, 9 water-bar drainage ditches, a bridge, and two major trail re-routes. This past summer they spent  nine weeks in late August and September  working. If we succeed in raising these funds, work will continue until the trail is fully restored.

The Ranger Trail is the original route up the mountain, with an abundance of botanical, geological and historic features that hikers have enjoyed for more than 100 years (these features are detailed in an interpretive flyer available at the trailhead register).

The fire tower was 100 years old in 2017.  What better time to honor the Observers and Rangers who loved Poke-O-Moonshine and its tower, protecting the Adirondack landscape and educating the public. We are working hard to carry on this tradition, and the Ranger Trail is the gateway to our entire mission. Come on up the mountain any time, visit the tower when it's regularly open in July and August, and meet the summer's Tower Steward and Interpreter. 

About us: The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine is dedicated to the preservation of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain and its fire tower, improving and maintaining the mountain trails, and interpreting the natural and cultural history of the mountain. The Friends is a partnership between the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the Town of Chesterfield, and several Adirondack Mountain Club chapters. The Friends operates under the auspices of AARCH, the non-profit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park.