• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5.2 Miles

Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This hike will lead you through three states with a chance to stand at the Tri-State marker!

This 5.2 mile round trip out/back hike takes you through three states. You start the hike on Mt Washington Road just across from the stone pillar designating the Connecticut/Massachusetts border. At 0.5 miles you reach Round Mountain 2289 feet. 1.0 mile brings you to the summit of Mt Frissell located in Massachusetts. There is a register to record your visit. Continuing on the trail approximately 300 yards to the South Slope of Mt Frissell you are now in Connecticut. The South Slope is Connecticut's highest point (there is also a register here). Again continue along the red blazed trail an additional half mile and you will reach the Tri-State marker (New York-Massachusetts & Connecticut). At this point continue on until you reach the intersection with the South Taconic trail (2.2 miles into the hike). You will then take the white labeled South Taconic trail to Brace Mountain 2311 ft (located in NY) this is the high point of Dutchess County, NY.

Views from Brace Mountain can be had of the Hudson Valley and Catskills. This is also a popular site for launching hang gliders and paragliders.

You can now retrace your steps back to the trail head for an enjoyable trek.

Pack List

  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

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Rebecca Nichols Explorer

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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