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).