To get to the actual trail, you must cross busy Route 23 and then walk along a level path through fields, and cross a small(dry as of today) stream on a footbridge. After a minute or so you arrive at the trail register and then start heading into the woods. The hike is a total of 6.6 miles RT, with a steady but certainly not steep climb.
Near the start, the trail crosses old stone walls a couple of times.
The first views near a ledge to the south, facing the Blackhead Range.
The colors were amazing in some areas as I descended.
Made good time on the return down the mountain, and felt pretty good so stopped by The Siegel-Kline Kill Preserve in Ghent. It is almost all completely level walking through old farmland and along the banks of the Kline Kill.
A great day. About 7.5 miles total. A good night's rest ahead.