Brace Mountain from Alander Mountain
Alander Mountain, New York. These are the still shots I took the day we saw the rattlesnake. I’ve put a note on the spot down near Brace we ran into the snake. The hike is a loop: up the gully on the right to Alander, down behind and left and then south to Brace out of frame on the left, then back to the gully on the right on a blue trail straight down the center of this frame. The loop is about 12 miles although the snake cut off the last few miles to Brace. See the next few images for more on this.
Dave confronts rattlesnake
South Taconic Trail, New York. You can see he/she wasn’t all that big (maybe 3′) but the darn thing had an extremely loud rattle and it was really pissed off.
You can see it’s a beautiful animal and you can also see that we attempted to get it to move by tossing sticks at it. All that did was piss it off and keep it rattling longer.
In case you missed the rattle, here it is.