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Really perfect little afternoon trail. The initial ascent does get the heart rate going right away and the scramble at Lamb’s Hill can be intimidating, but the views are worth it and the woods and streams are gorgeous. No ice or snow just yet so it’s still a good time to go in just your sneakers or hiking boots.

Did this loop from the 9D lot instead of Pocket Rd.

Fun hike. Fairly steep incline. Great cardio workout. Windy up at fire tower but great views. Want to try and take the yellow trail next time and do the loop since I’ve done the fire tower twice. As previously mentioned in another review, watch the red markers coming down. Easy to go off trail.

Loved this hike!! First time I've used the Fishkill Ridge trailhead and I wasn't disappointed..went on an early Saturday morning and had the trail all to myself. Will definitely return to this trail

Relatively easy hike, following a red and yellow blaze trail. On the weekends lots of people hike part of this trail to get to the fire tower, which offers great views over the entire area. Beyond the fire tower it gets quite.

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2 months ago

Just did this hike. It was awesome definitely the right amount of challenge with great views along the way. The way up is the perfect amount of incline, but is a little congested with people going to see the fire tower and come back down. Once you go into yellow/white/blue territory you barely see other hikers.
In doing that loop we got lost a few times (we are seasoned hikers). As mentioned in other comments, where the blue and the yellow meet it is very confusing and if you follow the blue you will be taking yourself off of the trail entirely. You need to follow the stream down on unmarked trail until you intersect with white (at a very obviously paved intersection) which will then take you to yellow again to get down.

A short (about an hour one way) but steep hike! It gets pretty intense at times but the views up top are great. There are a lot of nice places to sit and look out. We got a bit lost on the way down so make sure you are always looking for the trail markers. Overall enjoyed the views and a nice burst of activity.

We started from the Mt. Beacon park parking lot walked along the waterfall said and followed. It was amazing view, we really enjoyed it. But we got lost when we connected the blue to yellow. So we decided to get back to where we started but again. We ended up to the small parking lot.

I like the trail. Challenging with great views. Just head out early as it’s very popular and can get crowded

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3 months ago

Some trails intersect with other trails, which can get confusing. Otherwise an amazing and beautiful hike. While it can be tempting to just hit the overlook, doing this entire loop is well worth it!

Nice trail— easy to find, very well kept, and quiet on a Friday morning. We took the red trail with our 3 older dogs. There are some steep elevations, but we all made it. Stopped at about 1.5 miles to turn around and give the dogs a break.

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3 months ago

This trail was tough in the beginning, but excellent. The trail map said it would be 8.2 miles, but the app recorded 6.2 miles. Nevertheless, this hike was great with beautiful views and a waterfall.

This trail begins with a very steep incline and doesn't really let up until you reach the ruins of the casino and railhouse. The ruins are very interesting to check out, but definitely don't stop at that point because the actual summit is past the radio station and near this fenced off abandoned building. There's also a DAR monument behind that building to check out.The trail is very heavily trafficked during popular hours but that only extends up to the casino ruins, once you keep going on the casino trail, there's significantly less people. The trail is pretty heavily eroded from use unfortunately but trail still has great views of the Hudson valley. No views of the reservoir or surrounding ridge to the East though.
Overall good hike but I would recommend doing it at lightly trafficked times.

Awesome f*cking trail!

I don't understand why people think it's uninteresting.
Probably because they didn't do the whole loop.
Super worth it, long enough, several views and a waterfall.
My suggestion: start from the waterfall side, so that you get the best views at the end of the hike.
Careful when the yellow trail crosses the blue trail. You won't stay in the blue for long and you actually will go for a bit on an unmarked trail!
As long as you use the app you will be ok.
I was by myself and had the best time!

Would rather have hiked over from Breakneck,

4 months ago

Miserable up: uninteresting, plodding, and loose gravel and stone (slip, slide, soar/sore). The ruins are interesting but getting a photo may take a minute because other hikers decided to picnic on them. Would have rather hiked Breakneck a few more times.

For the firetower: follow the red blazes until you see white blazes on your right and take that to the tower. Also, no scrambles, at least not from the trail head to the tower.

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4 months ago

Hiked the red trail only to the fire tower and back. Nice steady heart-massaging climb with the big vista reward at the top. Hudson Highlands is one of the beauty spots of the world. Downside is it's a bit crowded, too much litter and graffiti, and the loose stone path can be tough on the way down.

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4 months ago

Average hike. I have hiked a lot in the New England area and they have fantastic hikes there. This was a good hike till the top of the fire tower. After that, it levels (almost flat) and there isn’t much to offer. Also, I saw a 3-4 feet snake right on the trail which was pretty scary.

I only hiked to the fire tower and back. The views at the overlook and the fire tower are well worth the steep journey up. Lots of unmarked trails so be sure to pay close attention to the markers.

Pros: 5 star view, connections to several other trails, new parking area, some historical relics of the old casino and tramway, accessible to the town of beacon.

Cons: obvious signs of overuse: graffiti, litter, worn out side trails and short cuts, crowds on the weekends; Mud and running water throughout the trail regardless of season, 85% of the trail is loose rock.

Verdict: a nice doable half day hike, if it weren’t for the views, I would pass and choose more favorable terrain elsewhere in the area.

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4 months ago

Some tough rocky terrain and some flat hill incline and descents.. also a few different trail and lengths you can go on, fishing spots, all in all a well rounded hike

awesome trail to get the heart rate going. it's a steep incline but well worth it once you get to the fire tower!

Great trail, intense when going uphill but the views are absolutely worth it

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5 months ago

It was a great hike with superb scenic on the top. But be aware of stairs and immediate inclining hill (with lots of rocks) in the beginning, which sadly made our friends gave up the hike...

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5 months ago

I started on the red trail. Now let me warn you right now, this hike is extremely difficult because of how steep, rocky and narrow the trails are. I did the entire loop and if it wasn’t for my phone gps guiding me I’d be getting lost. It’s like a maze. The good side of this was the views from the tower. I have never seen anything so beautiful in my entire life. Plus, I got caught in the rain and mist! I was so tired close to the end, sleepy, hungry and in pain lol.

Steep climb initially, followed by sensational views of the Hudson River and Beacon. The rocky terrain made for an engaging hike. Be sure to look out for wild blueberry bushes around the South Mountain fire tower!

This was an enjoyable hike. Some of the views are breathtaking.
If I were to do it again, I will just do the red trail to the fire tower and back, as thats where the best views are. The yellow trail was long and did not offer much in terms of scenery.

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