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 a short drive to Livingood's Restaurant & Brewery for a signature Bear Swamp Stout or Jed IPA.
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.
Hours: Tues - Thur 4pm-9pm, Fri,Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-8pm
Address: 697 Bear Swamp Road Peru, NY 12972
Livingood’s is much more than just a clever name…It is a family name.
Founded in 2005, Livingood’s Restaurant & Brewery was named after co-founder and brewer Matt Ray’s maternal grandmother. Livingood was Elizabeth’s maiden name, a name that meant quality and community in her small town of Elverson, PA.
What began as a small bistro in downtown Plattsburgh, evolved into a brewpub – relocating about 10 miles south to the current location in Peru, NY. Boasting a 7 barrel brew house, 80 person event space and expanded seating capacity, Livingood’s is a vision realized.
With a head chef dedicated to sourcing quality, local ingredients and a knack for making the exotic approachable along side a brewer committed to the true soul of craft beer, Livingood’s Restaurant & Brewery is a destination worth exploring.
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