Ascent of Brace Mountain on 2016-03-09

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brace Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2323 ft / 708 m

Ascent Trip Report

My next stop after bagging the CT/MA/NY tri-point was the Duchess County, NY high point, Brace Mountain. The trip there involved a modest descent to the col between Frissell and Brace, passing the Ashley Hill Trail in the process. The trail then made a moderate climb to the South Taconic Trail on the ridge crest. The way to Brace Mtn's summit was 0.4 miles left (south); that was the way I went.

0.4 mi later, I stood on the top of Duchess County. It was open and grassy with nice views (excellent spot for a summit nap), with a cairn and wind sock adorning the top. I met another hiker and her dog on the top, and she told me a bit about the area. We parted ways (briefly), then I took some summit shots and sat down for a rest break. About 10 or so min. later, I headed to the top of CT for some lunch, and partway there, I joined the hiker and dog I met on Brace Mtn. We talked shop some more then walked over to the true summit, then went our separate ways; she went back to NY, and I went back to Mass.

The descent off Round Mtn was rougher going down, IMHO, and a bit confusing near the top, but I made it down to East St. in one piece. Overall, this was actually a really fun hike! The unplanned road walk wasn't, but the rest of it was! I wasn't expecting the trails to be so rugged, the views so good, or the summits so open! This place was like a scale model of the Whites to me. Dunno if I'll be back, but if I go back, I might do either the loop over Alander Mountain (NY), or check out Bear Mountain and Mt. Everett.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:750 ft / 227 m
    Total Elevation Loss:580 ft / 176 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:200 ft / 60 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 170 ft / 52 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Mt. Frissell Trail, South Taconic Trail
    Start Trailhead:CT/MA/NY Tri Point  2153 ft / 656 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:550 ft / 167 m
    Gain on way out:550 ft / 167 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:South Taconic Trail, Mt. Frissell Trail
    End Trailhead:East St.  
Ascent Part of Trip: Round/Frissell/Brace

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Round Mountain2016-03-09750 ft / 229 m
2Mount Frissell2016-03-09250 ft / 76 m
3Mount Frissell-South Slope2016-03-09 
4CT-MA-NY Tri-Point2016-03-09 
5Brace Mountain2016-03-09750 ft / 229 m
Total Trip Gain: 1750 ft / 534 m    Total Trip Loss: 970 ft / 295 m

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