We’re a few weeks out of winter and it finally feels like spring. Since snow is no longer a worry, we strapped on our hiking boots and made the trip to one of the nicest trails (at least we think so) in Dutchess County.
While most people hit up Mount Beacon when they want to get their climb on in BTown (or BCity, depending on who you ask), Fishkill Ridge Conservation Area shouldn’t be dismissed. At first glance the 11.5 mile trek looks tame but rest assured, with its sometimes rocky paths and moist patches your glutes will burn before the first mile.
Birds of prey sightings
Patches of flowers & moss
Dogs are welcome on the trail, provided that they are wearing a leash. While there is a ‘No Trespassing’ sign at the entrance, hikers are welcome to ignore it. Seriously. Paths are fairly clear but the terrain becomes harsher the higher the climb. Perhaps this is a metaphor for life? In any case, bring proper shoes and watch your footing. The waterfalls and creek are distracting and rocks sometimes shake or fall from beneath your feet. We only made it to Lambs Hill, about 1.5 miles in but it was still beautiful. Because there isn’t much room for parking on the residential Pocket Road we recommend going early or on a week day.
Location: Park and enter at Pocket Road, Beacon NY
When: Year round; dawn to dusk
Photos by Keith Lynch