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14 days ago

It all up hill

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21 days ago

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27 days ago

South road is 20.6 miles out and back, ends at Millerton due to construction. There is a detour on Route 22N to the northern section to complete the trail around Copake at the Massachusetts border in Columbia County which I've done before by itself. Total mileage is closer to 50 miles round trip from Wassaic according to my Garmin. Nice workout and scenery but a bit too flat for me. Bad cell coverage and dropouts in recording the whole trail on my old iPhone (south and north parts). Total trail not represented on alltrails.com, this section here is only the northern part. You can find the whole trail on other websites. Well maintained. One thing I did like about this trail is that you can pick up speed and sustain it for a while since there are not that many people on the path and there are long straight sections to see safely in front of you.

It was a pretty technical trail. It is a well marked trail. We were a little disappointed that the water wasn't flowing because it has been too dry. The views from Brace Mountain are fantastic! A great place for a picnic lunch and to relax with friends! We had a great time and burned a lot of calories. I would recommend doing this hike!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

I agree, I would rate this trail as difficult, and I am a marathon-distance runner with endurance and stamina to spare. From the beginning to a bit past the waterfall is somewhat strenuous, with elevation gains and uneven rock-some areas are quite a steep drop off and I would have been uncomfortable on the trail if the rock laden paths were wet from rain. It takes little more than a momentary lapse of judgement before you could find yourself in a very dangerous position. Though mostly the trail has very noticeable plastic markers nailed to trees, the trail in certain areas is not well marked due to its twisting nature and you can lose it if you are not paying attention.

However, the bald summit is beautiful on a warm day. Lay back and relax in the tall grass and allow the sun to dry the immense amount of sweat you made on the challenging hike up.

Don't fool yourself though-the hike down is arguably the harder part as it has areas that are steep and will keep you on your toes, so to speak, so be prepared and keep your wits about you. It's downright dangerous if you don't follow the cardinal rules of hiking. Don't do this trail with someone out of shape. Dogs seem to do ok, but I felt nervous for mine a few times. Bring water and snacks, keep cool and keep your cool.

Saw no rattlesnakes, but this was a Saturday and we saw a fair amount of other hikers to scare them off.

If I ever wanted to see the Brace summit again I'd probably take the Mt. Frissel trail instead.

Great hike, but I would categorize it as difficult. I'm a seasoned hiker that's done trails in 6 continents and I wouldn't go back onto this trail without hiking poles. There are sections of strenuous climbs and rock scrambling up, but they are far more technically challenging when descending back down. We saw no rattlesnakes in late August on a sunny day.

hiking
1 month ago

road biking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice consistent trail with a grand summit.