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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 moderate. 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.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,535 feet Route Type: Out & 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.

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10 hours ago

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2 days ago

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14 days ago

Challenging and steep at times. It would have been easier if I didn't have my dog.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike today nice weather and quiet

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Good trail snow makes it very difficult on the decent.

recorded Brace Mountain Trail

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Good trail, some easy parts and some difficult parts. Ticks. Blueberry bushes. Views. Wear hiking shoes. Don’t bring a heavy pack. Be prepared to use your hands a little bit. Some of the trail markers are a little hard to find. Fall is the best time to hike - less bugs and a colorful view. Ticks all year long. Wear tick repellent.

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6 months ago

Awesome views after 2 miles to summit. After the first 0.25 miles to about 0.8 miles is very steep and Rocky I would say about 70 degree incline at parts. Well worth it but treacherous coming down, take your time and watch your foot placement. Overall great hike! I'm beat!

hiking
7 months ago

This was a good hike but I think the rock scramble was more difficult than I thought. I also did this hike in the rain so that probably added a lot to the challenge, but I would not recommend bringing kids or dogs. The views at the top are great, and if I felt better I would have added on a bit to mt frissel. Unfortunately the water fall was dried out when I went, but you can tell it’s beautiful. Would not recommend doing this trail when it’s wet or icy whatsoever. I also agreed that it could be better marked. In most places the paint is almost worn off the rocks; the plastic markers are few and far between but for the most part it’s pretty easy to figure out.

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7 months ago

Great hike with some fantastic views. Be careful as this trail is not well marked. There is a left turn at the waterfall where many ppl make. This is a mistake. You must continue straight up the waterfall as not to make this mistake. Thanks to AllTrails we did not make this mistake again!. Mosquito spray is a must at the beginning. Overall this trail has everything from difficult to moderate to easy. There are some rock climbing involved so must be flexible. Overall beautiful hike with beautiful views. Don’t forget the bug spray as you will be attacked!

hiking
7 months ago

Parking for at least 3 cars, maybe 4. The terrain is steep on Brace Mt. Trail, but there aren't any true "scrambles," only parts that require some calculated footing. Many of the rockier sections have well-established workarounds that are less challenging footing. Still, you could probably do this in tennis shoes and be okay. Brace Mountain's view is, as always, worth whatever effort. If you're looking for something more gradual, come up from Mt. Washington Rd.

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8 months ago

Nothing moderate about this trail

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8 months ago

very poor maintenance

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8 months ago

Much harder of a hike than the moderate tag leads to you believe. There is a .5 mile steep rock scramble that would be challenging even for serious hikers. There are very steep rock cliffs that over look long drops, wouldn’t be surprised if someone could fall and be seriously injured. Poorly marked trails are also a concern as my wife and I had a moment of doubling back because we missed a key juncture. Additionally, there are ticks and rattlesnakes along this way.

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