The white-blazed South Taconic Trail-South begins near the Bash Bish Trailhead descending west to pass a set of cabins. The trail goes over the vehicular bridge before entering the woodland. It immediately ascends into a lovely stand of summer-blooming mountain laurel with large hemlocks canopied by maple and oak. At .2 mile, a spur trail offers sights of Washburn Mountain. The main trail proceeds to climb into a deciduous woods opening to views extending various directions. At 3.5 miles, a weathered blue-blaze rests atop of large outcropping. This blaze directs the hiker to Alander Mountain Summit, 2,250 feet. Continue straight ahead on the white-blazed trail for a spectacular view over to Alander Mountain Summit, Mount Frissell (elevation 2,453 feet) and Brace Mountain (elevation 2,311 feet). Also within sight is Connecticut's Round Mountain. From here, the trail descends sharply to a forest road which you'll hike left encountering another rise in terrain. At 5.2 miles, you'll come to the red-blazed Robert Brook Trail. At 6.7 miles, bear right following the mountain's ridge to another fine view. The main trail continues on, bypassing Ashley Hill Trail. At 7.6 miles, the trail eases with several side trails intersecting. Proceed on the forest road to reach Brace Mountain. Bear right at the fork. At 8.2 miles, an earthen path bears left reaching your destination, Brace Mountain. Standing proud is a 5-foot tall cairn celebrating the terminus and the tristate view. You may retrace your steps from here or continue ahead to the small burg of White Crossing.
Directions: From Copake Falls, NY, Take County Road 344 east for a mere .7 mile to reach the Bash Bish Falls Trailhead. Follow white blazes downhill and to the west of Bash Bish Trailhead.
Elevation: 800 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,450 feet
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