The Experience

With a name like Poke-O-Moonshine, you know this mountain is a backcountry treat(of the legal variety).  Sweet, sweeping views of Champlain Valley, Whiteface and Giant Mountain? You bet!  Badass exposed rock face? Bingo! Fire tower?  Yes sir! 

At 2.3 miles roundtrip, this isn’t a long hike, but expect to meet aggressive trail right out of the car.  To dull the burning in your quads, enjoy the look outs on the way.  

Near the summit, climb the fire tower and be rewarded with views of Plattsburg (notice the Air Force Base) and on particularly clear days, Montreal.

Once out of the woods, take the short 10 minute drive to Ausable Brewing Company’s barn-red tasting room for a signature Face Cord IPA, Jungle Hustler Hoppy Red,  homemade ginger soda or root beer, from this farm-based nanobrewery!

Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain


Distance: 2.3 Miles Roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 1,279 Feet

Route Type: Out and Back

Trailhead: 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


Although a smaller summit, this mountain offers a several great opportunities for outdoors-minded folks. A steep, short hike to a great summit with fine views of the distant High Peaks, Lake Champlain, and Mount Mansfield, VT (45 miles east).

The hiking trail is only about 1.2 miles to the top, but the first .08 miles is steep offering an average grade approaching 35%. 

An added benefit is that this peak offers a open firetower at the summit that can be climbed for additional views.

Ausable Brewing Company


Hours: Thurs & Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat 12pm-8pm

Address: 765 Mace Chasm Rd, Keeseville, NY 12944

Phone: 518-900-2739

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​Ausable Brewing Company is a farm-based nanobrewery owned and operated by brothers Dan and Dylan Badger.  

Located on 140 acres in the Champlain Valley just east of the Adirondack High Peaks, ABC is dedicated to serving a variety of high quality ales, lagers and house sodas in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  

Our focus has always been on consistency, quality and creativity.  We don't wholesale our beer to bars and restaurants.  

In order to come taste what we craft, you must be willing to take the scenic drive through some of the best farmland in the Adirondack Park.  

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