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.
Because this route is so close to many of the classic lines at Poke-O, it is often over-looked. Don't miss this one!
Scallion is a full- value route. It involves some unprotected, but relatively easy climbing (5.6 R) to begin the route, some Houdini corner moves protected by two bolts, then some of the finest moderate crack climbing on the cliff.
If you are shorter than 5.7, the moves entering the corner and clipping the first bolt may feel a little difficult, so be thoughtful. However, a truck green Camalot placement in a horizontal below the right-facing corner helps ease off some of the jitters.
The route ends at a bolt anchor.
About 300 feet the left of the giant Thunderhead Roof is a clean, bottomless right-facing corner that starts approximately 15 feet off a grassy ledge.
Two bolts, and a full rack of small gear. Doubles are helpful and the addition of one red Camalot.
High on the list of most pleasant .10- pitches at Poko. Climbing Scallion, Home Rule, and The Natural (all .10 a or b, and all starting within about 30' of one another) is a perfect way to fill out a day of Poko cragging.