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.
P.T. (Positive Thinking) Pillar is about as awkward a climb as you're going to get on Poke-O. From the insecure jamsand smeary feet up the flaring left-facing corner, to the sub-optimal pro, to the overall thuggish nature of it, P.T. Pillar is, most assuredly, not for everyone.
That being said, if you want to test your mental grit, intestinal fortitude, AND get a taste of what a healthy dose of Adirondack sandbagging feels like, then this is the route for you.
Start the route by scampering up the blocky base of the massive left-facing corner of the pillar of rock that stands tall to the right of the Positive Thinking winter ice flow. Get into the corner and grovel, thrutch, and burn rubber on the steep and awkward corner, passing a roof crux at about mid-height.
Finish the route on some sustained terrain that takes you to the top of the pillar and chain anchors.
(Note: This route is also the "quickest" way to set up a TR on "Macho").
To the right of the Positive Thinking clearing/ice flow area is a massive pillar of rock. the route climbs the left side (left facing corner).
A standard rack including a #4 Camalot, and doubles on some smaller units.