POKE-O-MOONSHINE NEEDS YOUR HELP!
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 can 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 yourself and are familiar with its joys and challenges, we ask you to
Please go to the Donate link below
and SUM(M)IT UP FOR POKE-O
with a tax-free contribution!
If you'd like more information before making a commitment, read on:
We estimate the project will cost at least $300,000. As of the start of summer 2016, we have received $194,000 in individual and organizational donations and pledges. Last summer two professional teams, The Adirondack Mountain Club Trails Program and Tahawus Trails LLC, began work, building 40 beautifully engineered rock steps and 7 water-bar drainage ditches. This summer they spent at least nine weeks in late August and September building more rock staircases and drainage ditches. If we succeed in raising the money, similar work will continue in future summers 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 will be 100 years old in 2017. Our aim is to raise another $100,000 by the birthday year! 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.