Access to the Main Face is often limited in the spring and summer due to peregrine falcon nesting. Check the DEC web site (www.dec.ny.gov, search for "peregrine route closures"). Closures are posted in the kiosk at the beginning of the approach trail in the (now closed) Poke-O Campground.
Several recent incidents at the Poke-O Moonshine Main Face have heightened tensions with neighboring landowners.
Shortcut Trail (aka the Smitty Trail): The main approach goes from the (now closed) campground to the cliff near Discord. There is a shortcut trail on the right that provides access to the cliff near Pentecostal. This shortcut trail crosses the edges of two parcels of private land, and was closed in the spring of 2014. As of Aug 30, 2014, this trail is open on a tentative basis. Stay on the trail; there are some cairns and Access Fund signage to help.
Northern Trail Closure (aka the Easy Living Trail): There is an old trail that connects US 9 with the cliff near Psalm 32. This trail is entirely on private land and should NOT be used by climbers; indeed, it has been closed and undocumented for many years. Both ends of this trail are now marked with signs courtesy of the Access Fund.
In short, while visiting the Main Face, approach from the campground, and stay on the main trail along the base of the cliff.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
An absolute classic if not for the first 60 feet of questionable climbing. Head left around the corner from the Great Dihedral and look for a beautiful left facing dihedral starting 60 feet off the ground.
P1. After some dubious, although easy climbing on trap rock, a hollow flake guards the dihedral above (be EXTREMELY carful here - PG13 for rock quality). Pitch 1 finishes up the dihedral, past a fixed cam, and traverses left to a belay stance and fixed anchor. 5.10a, 110 feet
P2 Traverse back right and tackle the overhanging crack on the right wall. Stemming and an occasional hold in the dihedral keep the climbing at a reasonable grade. 5.10b, 100 feet
To the left of the Great Dihedral, look for a left facing dihedral that starts 60 feet up the face. At the time, there was a fixed orange cam in the first pitch dihedral.
Descent: Rap the route with a single 60m. The bottom rap is ~110 feet. I have seen one 60m rope make it down on rope stretch, but with another 60m we had to rap down and to the left where the ground rises higher against the cliff.
Standard rack with fixed anchors on top of both pitches.
Just did this route again for the first time in probably 15 years, and was surprised to find the bolt on p1. Has it always been there, or was it added at some point? I ask because I have no recollection of any fixed gear from my previous ascent, but it's been awhile.
"A block fell from P1 of The Snatch [route 75, page 61] leaving a blank section and some dangerous choss. This has been cleaned up and, with the addition of a bolt, is now an excellent, safe pitch. The grade has not changed."