A large grassy summit that’s perfect for picnics also offers a panoramic view of the Catskills, and lines of sight north as far as Mount Greylock, 44 miles away.

Peak Details

Height:  2,311ft  (704m)

Range:  Southern Taconics

Level:  Moderate

Scenic:   Very  

Trail Type:  Fully Trailed

 Brace Hiking Trails & Hikes

american flag on mountain summit at sunset

Hiking Brace Mountain & Mount Frissell from Quarry Hill

A stunningly scenic hike with fantastic views of the wide valley below and distant mountain ranges. Brace’s summit is especially magical at sunset.

 Brace Topography

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Brace Information

Brace Mountain is notable peak in the Taconic Range, straddling the border between New York and Massachusetts. This mountain is a favorite among hikers for its unique topography, natural beauty, and panoramic vistas. Here’s a detailed look at what Brace Mountain offers in terms of hiking opportunities:

Trail Options

  • Primary Trail: The most direct route to the summit is approximately 3 miles one way, featuring a well-marked, moderate to steep incline.
  • Alternate Routes: There are several trails leading to the summit, allowing for various loop options for those looking to extend their hike.
  • Connecting Trails: Brace Mountain is often combined with hikes to neighboring peaks like Mount Frissell and Alander Mountain for a more extensive hiking experience.

Skill Level

  • Moderate to Difficult: The trail involves some steep sections and rocky terrain but is manageable for hikers with moderate experience.


  • Rock Formations: Unique rock outcroppings and boulders are a highlight along the trails.
  • Panoramic Views: The summit offers expansive vistas of the surrounding Taconic Range, the Catskills, and even the Berkshires on a clear day.

Wildlife and Flora

  • Animal Life: Expect sightings of native wildlife like deer, birds, and perhaps even the occasional black bear.
  • Plant Life: The trail passes through dense forests populated with a variety of hardwoods and seasonal wildflowers.


  • Trailheads: Ample parking is generally available at the Brace Mountain trailheads.
  • Camping: Primitive camping sites are scattered around the area for those interested in extending their adventure.

Safety Considerations

  • As with most mountain hikes, it’s essential to be prepared for variable weather conditions.
  • Cellphone reception can be spotty, so taking a map and compass is advisable.

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