DEC announces First Day hikes

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced its lineup of First Day hikes slated for Tuesday, Jan. 1.

The DEC has scheduled 19 hikes around the state, including two in the Adirondacks. The hikes are free and open to the public, and are led by DEC or state Parks and Recreation staff.

Appropriate clothing and footwear are required, as is pre-registration. Last year, the DEC had to cancel its Adirondack hikes due to well-below freezing temperatures.

In the Adirondacks, the DEC will lead hikes up Poke-O-Moonshine and Prospect Mountain. Both hikes will begin at 10 a.m. on the first.

For Poke-O-Moonshine, hikers will meet at the Observer’s Trailhead, about one mile south of the old campground. The trail ascends 1.9 miles and 1,280 feet from the trailhead off state Route 9 to the 2,162-foot summit with 360 degree views and a fire tower.

To register for the Poke-O-Moonshine hike, contact Tom Martin at 518-897-1276 or by email at

To register for the 1.5-mile Prospect Mountain hike, contact RSVP to Ben Thomas at 518-623-1268 or by email

Snowshoes or traction devices may be required.

For a full list of First Day hikes, go to