I hiked this trail alone and it took about 5-6 hours at a moderate pace, I am 26 160lb.. I did stop several times to take in the amazing views.
Here are some pointers. The parking lot is on the right hand side of the road about .1 miles PAST the trail head. So after you park, you will walk up the road you just drove down and enter the trail (White blaze) on the RIGHT by the Train bridge. The first 45min of the hike is pretty steep. Nothing crazy, There was a group of boy scouts on the trail and they were doing just fine. For NOV the weather was great, sunny/ hazy and about 55-60 temp. I saw about 15-20 big white tailed deer that seemed to follow me up the trail, very playful deer. I also saw rabbits, squirrels, fox, chipmunk, blue jay, EAGLES, and hawks. After the 45-60min hike straight UP the side of the MT. you will reach your first overlook to the NW. This view is just a taste of what is to come!!! This trail should be named the AMAZING VIEW TRAIL, 80% of the hike takes place on a double ridge that has almost 360 views. Nothing but amazing views for HOURS If you take your time and follow the trail guide you will not get lost, just pay close attention to key intersections.
The first 1/2 of the hike (after the initial climb up) is the easier portion. At the half way point there is a nice rock scramble up the side of a cliff to even betting views. 360 views of MT. Beacon, Hudson river, Storm King.... ect... I had Eagles flying right over my head. This is a HARD but beautiful hike. I would NOT do this hike when it is hot outside, there is no shade!!! Exposed ridge almost the whole time. Also, I would not suggest doing this when there is snow on the ground, it would be IMPOSSIBLE. All markers are on the ground with no distinct trail. Feel free to ask questions: firstname.lastname@example.org