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FTC Finish


Submitted By Michael Virdone

The Mountains & Stats

4 miles with 1400 feet of gain
  • Poke-O-Moonshine (2180 Feet, NY) globe Mountain

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Trip Report

     After setting up the tent and taking a nap we decided to continue our VFTT BBQ weekend with the completion of our fire tower challenge. I parked at the first sign I saw for Poke'O which ended up being for the old Jeep road instead of the summit trail. This added some gain and distance but it also made the climb a lot more gradual so I think overall it was a wash. The climb was slow and steady and passed some really cool beaver activity. The Poke'O topography was really interesting with a lot of drainages and sub summits.


      Eventually we reached the leanto and the direct trail and started our final climb to the summit. Along the way there were views from ledges, but the best views of all were from the summit proper. There were great views to lake champlain as well as back to the high peaks. Unfortunately the cab of the tower was locked but there were still plenty of views to be had from the landings.


      The descent was fine except I slipped and fell on some rock slime on the way down. To add insult to injury about 5 minutes after the fall I realize my sunglasses were gone so I had to re-climb to the scene of the accident to find my sunglasses (which were nicely hidden hanging in a sapling 1' off the ground).


      This hike was the completion of our fire tower challenge (all of them, we finished the required subset years ago). Overall it was a great experience and I recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative to hiking in the high peaks.

The Good and The Bad

The Good:

Great views
Nice gradual climb

The Bad:

Slipping and falling on my ass, losing my sunglasses and then having to re-climb to find them again

The Drive

n/a stayed at magic pines


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