Brace Mountain Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Millerton, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.6 miElevation gain1,535 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Two car parking lot, trail starts up gradually and increases in steepness quickly. at .3 miles, it becomes steep near a cascading waterfall. breathtaking! the next 1/4 mile is a bit of a scramble (though a relatively easy one) and can be dangerous if you're not paying attention. it's probably not wise to bring children on this trail as the cliffs are quite steep and the rocks are very jagged. the trail levels off and treks through the rocky woods. at around 1.4 miles a short side trail to the left brings you to a pristine little waterfall with a clear pool that looks a little bit like a fairy tale. a nice place for a water bottle refill or a foot soak. at 1.7 miles you reach south brace, that offers a nice view of riga lake just across the border in Connecticut. but don't stop here all day. if you squint to the north you can see the cairn at the real summit of brace. it looks far, but it's only .2 miles further. a little downhill, then a little more uphill. The summit of brace is open and grassy. A windsock in the huge cairn marks it.

small parking lot that fits about 3 cars, but quarry hill rd is public property, so pull off to the side if the lot is full. it probably won't be.

type "quarry hill rd, millerton, NY" into a gps, or use google maps and type "brace mountain, NY" and get directions from your house. the trailhead is right at the edge of a wooded area near a big, square house, on the left. see the map in the photos.

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Steve Hodge
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Moderately hard

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Paul Vincent
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Steep, challenging... fun

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Megan Hogan
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Very hard, but great views on the way up and great waterfall. There was plenty of ice, which made the trail a bit treacherous.

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Donna Backus
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Sarah Stites
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Spectacular but treacherous this time of year! Wet + icy leaves on slick rocks make it slow going. Amazing views, great waterfall.

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Caitlin Rossi
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Great little hike. slightly slippery due to inches of dry leaves. Made for an interesting scramble at the beginning. Beautiful waterfall. Nice open summit. Exposed though, so be sure to bring an extra layer if you plan on staying for a few.

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Chris Alconaba
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Chris Feineis
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sandra horton
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Eric Horan
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wet, leaves made for slick travel

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Peter Denton
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Nicole Hettinger
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Extremely steep and rocky. The trail is not well marked at all. We saw one other group while we were out there and both of us were wandering through the woods trying to find trail markers. Might be easier to follow when the path isn’t covered in leaves. Nice view and the waterfall is pretty.

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Andrea Bonacci
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Very steep difficult hike. Especially coming down!

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s k
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wonderful outlook but the climb is strenuous, not a true moderate. if fit it would be super fun, with bad knees it was difficult - the approach from the south seems easier than starting at the brace mtn trailhead (which is only for fit hikers).

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Mark Green
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Brenda Doucette
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I found it to be really rocky, big boulders, cliffs. more hard than moderate. I never got to the top, I was by myself and couldn't get over a big boulder. it was ausome!!! will bring my husband next time!

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Mari Amini
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It was very scenic, however this is not a moderate climb. There are several rock scrambles and I wouldn’t take a dog. If it were rated correctly I would give it 5 stars. The rocks scrambles are a ton of fun.

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William Tucker
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The trail is well trafficked and accessible to most moderate hikers. There’s some rock scrambling that may make it difficult for some, but don’t let that scare you off it’s manageable. Total round trip for an average pace will maybe be 2:30 hours to 3 at most. Great 360 degree views at the top.

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Kathryn Marshall
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