Brace Mountain Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 1,445' 441 m
Descent: -1,445' -441 m
High: 2,300' 701 m
Low: 975' 297 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 60% (31°)
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“A challenging rock scramble, a beautiful waterfall, and one of the best summit views of the Hudson Valley.”— Lou Poulas
- Quarry Hill Trail is not well-blazed and it is easy to find yourself off trail. Please exercise caution in the rock scramble area and do not go off-trail.
- Trailhead access (42.032598, -73.504760) is off a back street and next to residential homes. The beginning of Quarry Hill Trail itself parallels the property line of one of these homes, please be respectful.
Just before the Quarry Hill Trail ends, there is an excellent viewpoint that hints at what's to come from Brace Mountain Summit. The trail ends where it intersects with the South Taconic Trail. Signage here is excellent, bear left (north) onto South Taconic Trail towards Brace Mountain Summit.
This section of trail is picturesque, with both full forest and open scrub brush trail sections. A few partially obstructed viewpoints can be found until the payoff at Brace Mountain Summit.
When you've had your fill of the view or more likely are just out of time, retrace your steps back down to the trailhead at Quarry Hill Road.
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