Fishkill Ridge Trail

Beacon, New York 12508

Fishkill Ridge Trail

Fishkill Ridge Trail Professional Guide

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"When Walt Whitman penned “a leaf of grass is no less than the journeywork of the stars,” he might have been thinking of Fishkill. There is indeed a celestial atmosphere to its extended ridge, a sedge-sprinkled granite plateau of unsurpassed beauty and calm. The various Hudson River vistas along the way are a breathtaking bonus."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New York City & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Tammy McCarley
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"The land area that now encompasses the Fishkill Ridge Conservation Area is ripe with historical undertones dating back to the Revolutionary War. An American encampment was once positioned at the base of Fishkill Ridge, while land within this area has been the subject of heavy debate by interested miners throughout the years. Fortunately, the 1900 acres that now comprise the Fishkill Ridge Conservation Area were successfully protected by Scenic Hudson around 1999 and are now open for you and your dog to enjoy. This hike offers sweeping views of the Hudson River and Newburgh-Beacon Bridge as well as challenging climbs and descents. Should you choose to frequent this park during hunting season, protect yourself and your dog with hunter-orange gear. Also note that water is only available at the beginning and end of the trail."

Fishkill Ridge Trail Trip Reports

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Ah, the Fishkill Ridge.
When reading the book on this hike it makes it sound like the climb is almost impossable. It is not to bad, there are several flat ares on the way up that allows for a short break from the climb, it is still tough as you climb 1000ft in a mile.
This is a very nice trail, relaxing / quite. I hiked it at sunset and had to go down in the dark with a flashlight and mad it out just fine. This is a heavly shaded trail, it took me about 3.5 hrs to hike at a moderate pace with stops, i saw deer, frogs, toads, and squirles. The only tricky part of the trail is at BOZER Jct. Do not stay on the main trail. The blue trail ends here and you have to make a hard LEFT to merge onto the white trail. If you stay straight you will end up on an unmarked ATV trail. If you are not planing an making the 10min. side trip to LAMB Hill (1500ft) do not do this hike. That peak is the only reason to do it. It gives a rare look at the hudson river valley. You can see the hudson wind on for miles through the valley. I suggest 4-5 hrs and some trail mix for the top. You will enjoy this hike, wide varity of trail types, trees, and birds. I give it 4 stars (for a trail in this area).
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I enjoyed the trail quite a bit. There are 2 summits with very nice views of the Hudson River and it was actually quite a good workout. You have a 540' peak and then a 680' peak. The trails are very wide because they are for mountain biking as well as hiking. The day we went we didn't run into many mountain bikers at all so it wasn't too bad. I feared it may be overrun with them but that was not the case.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,937 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
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