Mount Bigelow, West Peak The hike: At 3835 feet, Mt. Unfortunately, like Mt Washington, cyclists are not allowed to ride their bikes back down." New England 4,000 footers Baldface-Royce Range Mount Katahdin, Baxter Peak If you have a GPS, you can enter West Union Street in Manchester, Vermont, and drive to the end where you will see a parking lot on the right side with a red gate in the back. Mount Isolation The road is smoothly paved, tollbooth to summit. Blue Summit Trail marker to head up to Equinox Mountain. Don't bother heading toward the "spring" that there is signage for at the plateau: it's just water pouring out of a PVC pipe. The only trail up to the summit of the Blue Summit Trail, which is part of the Equinox Preservation Trust.That trail is 3.10 miles (see map below). Founded in 1958, the Vintage Sports Car Club of America or VSCCA recently celebrated its 60th year with the 70th running of the Mount Equinox Hill Climb in southern Vermont. The group will meet at the Equinox Preservation Trust parking lot on West Union Street in Manchester at 9 am to hike up the steep Blue Trail to the visitor center and meditation room at the summit. Definitely all elevation til the top. Only one small clearing. Mount Osceola 1641 ft This table gives the weather forecast for Equinox Mountain at the specific elevation of 1175 m. Our advanced weather models allow us to provide distinct weather forecasts for several elevations of Equinox Mountain. Parking available at the trailhead. Wapack Range The average grade on your way up is 12% overall, which is equivalent to Mt. Top half of the climb has several inches of packed snow which was perfect for spikes. Mt. I found the hike extremely difficult and wanted to give up a few times, but kept telling myself if someone in tennis shoes can summit so can I! I hiked up it and the view was very good but there’s no service. Mount Liberty The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from May until October. Half of the Blue Summit Trail looked like this: some loose rocks on a wide path. Interesting history of the place depicted beautifully in a timeline posted inside the observation building. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Went on Saturday 11/21/20, arrived at 10 am at the parking lot and had no trouble finding parking. I had no problems with hiking poles, but wish I had micro spikes for the top. There are picnic areas, and hiking trails to … Great winter walk. Views from lookout were great. Overall great hike! The summit has a full 360-degree view of Vermont, the Adirondacks and New Hampshire. I can’t speak for the view because I was caught in snow squalls! Then there was a steep trail to the top. It was well worth the trip. (It is just a big pipe with water flowing out of it.) So glad I made this hike my priority today and left at 10am and returned to car ~ 3pm, so it took me around 4-5 hours. Mount Redington Mount Bond Eastern White Mountains, Ranges in Vermont You’ll be traveling along Mt. Equinox Mountain is the highest peak in the Taconic Range and in Bennington County, Vermont. First half is a logging road which wasn't very pretty which is why I only gave it 3 stars. I found the trail to be boring. Tweet. About Equinox Mount Equinox may be in the Green Mountain State, but it is part of the Taconic Mountain Range. Equinox opened in 1947. At 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain in Maine's Acadia National Park can't rival the … High Peaks That trail is 3.10 miles (see map below). The map below shows how to get to the summit of Equinox Mountain. Other VT mountain ranges, New England Hundred highest in Winter season. Lots of incline. Northeast 111 According to the Mount Equinox Preservation Trust map and guide, the Blue Summit Trail is 3.10 miles long and rises 2,840 feet. Packed snow on top definitely need micro spikes. Range Hike by - Mountain Range, Ranges in New Hampshire North Brother Mountain Mt. The last mile got steep and narrow. Dartmouth Range Mount Equinox Climbed via the Blue Summit Trail from the Academy. The Mount Equinox "Blue Summit Trail" has one of the highest vertical gains in Vermont. Mount Jackson Fantastic views though. Taken on 9/17/14. Mount Abraham Was a bit slippery / muddy toward the top. Crocker Mountain There are no scrambles, no solid rock faces and really limited challenging terrain. Beautiful spot im sure all year round. There is a wooden bench where the spur trail starts. Mount Bigelow, Avery Peak Kinsman Range Equinox is monster. Mount Galehead It's 3060 feet of vertical prominence put it at #7 on a variety of lists of \"Ne… There are no scrambles, no solid rock faces and really limited challenging terrain. It’s a 5.4-mile cycling race that brings you from the bottom of the scenic mountain up to the top. The last quarter mile the ground and trees were covered in moss so everything was bright green and that was pretty cool. Owl's Head It is one of thirteen peaks in Vermont with a topographic prominence over 2,000 feet (610 m), ranked third behind Mansfield and Killington. I made to the top and it was very windy. No technical stuff until last mile or so, and then not really to much. Equinox Mountain is a mountain in Bennington County, Vermont, United States, in the town of Manchester. Washington’s average grade. Carter Dome Other than that nothing interesting. Fun for dogs as well! Taken on 9/17/14. Summit Maximize your potential at Equinox Summit with innovative classes set in a luxuriously appointed, former 1930s trolley-car house. A montane spruce-fir forest dominates the summit of Mount Equinox. If you’re use to hiking other higher mountains in Northern Vermont, the Adirondacks or White Mountains, this hike should be straight forward. Very sad to put in all that work and not get a view. Belknap Range From the 3,800-foot peak, you can see the mountains in New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. The trail to the peak of Mount Equinox is 6.5 miles out and back, and is slightly more strenuous than the trails nearby. With that being said it’s not a technical hike. NH Fire Tower Quest, Hike by - Alphabetically NE 4,000 footers in Winter Taken on 9/17/14. Green Mountains Mount Eisenhower Equinox Skyline Drive by Linda Cassella. This is only my 7th mountain and it’s the first hard rated one I’ve done and the longest and highest. Photo of a framed photo inside the visitor center of the original Sky Line Inn that used to sit on Equinox Mountain complete with a restaurant. We were in the area and killing time. A good hike if you’re feeling like pushing yourself. No views along the way and nothing to look at but trees. Franconia Range Unrelenting uphill burn but well worth it, great views at Lookout Rock and the Summit, an awesome day despite some residual snow toward the top and slippery leaves on rocks on the descent, a great hike. Mount Mansfield, Maine To get back to the parking area, go back the same way you came up. Definitely good exercise though. Carter-Moriah Range Mount Willey Mount Lafayette With that being said it’s not a technical hike. Pemigewasset Wilderness It was well worth the trip. Mt. Taken on 9/17/14. Ossipee Mountains Mount Monroe Taken on 9/17/14. Pretty young forest section of the Blue Summit Trail. Equinox Skyline Drive to make it to the summit. Mount Twin, South Peak Equinox is the tallest summit in the Taconic Range in western Vermont.The mountain today is owned by the Monastery of the Carthusian Order; this has been the case since 1960. Pliny Range Old Speck Mountain The Mount Equinox "Blue Summit Trail" has one of the highest vertical gains in Vermont. Mount Tripyramid, North Peak The views on the way up as well as at the summit are spectacular and although we did the trail, we hope to return one day to try it out as I think it may be beautiful. There is an overflow lot behind Burr and Burton Academy so please don't park on the road and risk getting towed! Incline pretty much the whole way - a hell of a workout for a pretty good view. Icy trail conditions exist at the higher elevations, but for the most part this trail was dry for November. The parking was hard to find. Review of Mount Equinox Reviewed October 22, 2017 An excellent day trip with a magnificent view at the summit. Mount Washington Visitor Center at the summit of Equinox Mountain called the Saint Bruno Viewing Center. Mount Kinsman, South Peak Mount Equinox is one of the principal peaks of Southern Vermont, if not the principal peak. One turbine, smallish by today’s standards, was installed there in 1981 and three more added the following year. Mount Cabot Mount Tom Pilot Range I suggest bringing a but sled for the long road back down, dangerous joy! Crocker Mountain, South There’s also an auto road directly to the summit, which was thankfully closed. Sandwich Range Lots of rock, ice, and it got colder. Presidential Range It is one of only 13 peaks in Vermont to have a topographic prominence of more than 2,000 feet, just behind Mount Mansfield and Killington Peak. There is just one hill to challenge here and it can only be done on one day of the year. In a deep side valley, well below the summit of Mount Equinox, and located between two man-made basins (Hopper Pond and Lake Madeleine), there is a monastery where a small group of Carthusian monks live in silence, in prayer, and in solitude, but not entirely without an awareness of the way in which the world turns. Taken on 9/17/14. Equinox, looking across the valley at Stratton Mountain, at 3,940 feet, the highest mountain in Southern Vermont. Being the highest mountain in the Taconic Range, the climb to the top of Equinox Mountain is steep and unrelenting. Overall I’m glad I stepped up to the challenge and I’m proud I completed it. In failing health at the end of 1962, Equinox House owner A. Rea Ball looked to sell the resort. No Ice the day we went, but the leave were wet and pretty slippery. Hike on the Red Gate Trail until you come to the 2nd junction with the Blue Summit Trail. Along the way, there are shaded picnic areas and vistas to the south, east and west. If your at nature person and want good scenery I’d skip this one. Nice view at the summit, go a bit off trail for best view at lookout. Mount Equinox: Manchester, Vermont. Careful of the ice coming down. Views from the summit of Equinox Mountain. Saddleback Mountain, The Horn LRCT / Castle in the Clouds Northern Ranges A Visitors Center is located at the top. Zealand Mountain, Vermont Mount Flume Definitely got my heart rate up and I’m a fast hiker. Mount Hancock, South Peak More than half of it is loose rocks, so be careful. Carter, Middle NE Hundred highest in Winter The view from the summit is spectacular. Hike by - Prominence Once we got there the trail started out nice and wide. Twin Range But this summit is magnificent. Mount Lincoln Saddleback Mountain View all ME mountain ranges About halfway between the summit and the parking lot is a spur trail for a spring. Click to download PDF Trail Map of Equinox Mountain. Mount Madison Mount Bond, West Peak Mt Equinox is steep and one of the highest peaks around, so great views abound from several vantage points, especially from the open ridge line leading to the summit. Mount Abraham NH Hundred Highest It is one of only 13 peaks in Vermont to have a topographic prominence of more than 2,000 feet, just behind Mount Mansfield and Killington Peak.. Took 2.5 hours to hike up abs 1 hour 45 minutes down. It is the highest mountain in the Taconic Range, and is second in height in the region only to the beautiful but far less dramatic Stratton Mountain. Also, please bring your mask and wear it when you encounter others, it’s proper trail etiquette and required by Vermont law. According to the Mount Equinox Preservation Trust map and guide, the Blue Summit Trail is 3.10 miles long and rises 2,840 feet. Views were not great today but still a great hike! Hike this entire trail until you reach the summit of Equinox Mountain. New England Fifty Finest There was a view but very narrow due the trees. At the summit, you'll find a visitor's center and a monastery that can also be accessed by car. At 3,848 feet above sea level, the summit offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Green, White, Adirondack, Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges. Mount Carrigain You will see a red gate that indicates the start of the trail. Bromley Mountain Via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail), Glastenbury Mountain Via Appalachian Trail, Spruce Peak via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail), Bourn Pond and Stratton Pond via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail), Lower Prince, Middle Prince, Klondike and Gettysburg Quarries. The beginning elevation is 652 feet above sea level and the endin… The summit was very cloudy so there was no view. Killington Peak The visitor center was closed today which was a bummer. Mount Kinsman, North Peak Relentlessly uphill. A good challenge due to the relentless uphill. On this page: Information | Trail maps | View Photos | Driving Directions | Top, New Hampshire Carter, South Many out of state plates at the trailhead parking lot, which had no parking spaces left! Overall, the morning weather was a balmy 45 degrees at the trailhead, however there were icy cold wind conditions at the summit. Mount Tecumseh In 2011 an old hotel called the Sky Line Inn, which was at the summit of Equinox Mountain, was torn down to make room for a brand new visitor center called the Saint Bruno Viewing Center. Perfect day for a hike. Sign at the bottom of the Blue Summit Trail. This is definitely a challenging climb that will test your muscles with every pedal you take. To see the weather forecasts for the other elevations, use … It was such a beautiful day and the views were gorgeous. Mount Ellen Very pretty views of picturesque Manchester, and a nice monastery at the top. It is one of the more prominent peaks in the Northeast, and its most popular route to the summit involves nearly 3000 vertical feet of elevation gain. Trailwrights 72 summit club It was well marked but icy in a few places. The Mount Equinox trail is most commonly used by trail runners, hikers, and sometimes snowshoers in the winter. Mount Garfield Mount Pierce Equinox Manchester, VT Bigelow Range Willey Range, Ranges in Maine Second half is beautiful through dense trees and tunnels. Mount Moosilauke Hike by - Elevation Several paved parking areas provide spectacular views, but most outstanding is the Skyline Drive itself as you drive along the crest of the mountain on your way to the summit. The Highlands are home to two species of globally rare bats (the Indiana bat and the eastern small-footed bat), the rare peregrine falcon and many common, wide-ranging species like black bear, bobcat, and neotropical migrant birds. A look inside the visitor center on top of Equinox Mountain. Sugarloaf Mountain, NH 4,000 footers 52 With a view Only passed a few people on the trail. Hike: Mount Equinox Summit. Western White Mountains If you wish to get a great view of the town of Manchester, hike to Lookout Rock, which is roughly 0.50 miles. A road to the summit of Mt. It was such a beautiful day and the views were gorgeous. Mount Waumbek Mount Hancock Despite the respectable elevation gain this was a fairly easy hike. New England Hundred highest However, if you are not an avid hiker the compact vertical rise of this trail could be a lot. A woman with tennis shoes was able to summit today so I guess it depends on whether you want to slip and slide on the way down. Nice views of the Green Mountains and Taconics from the summit hotel. What a fantastic hike! From the 3,800-foot peak, you can see the mountains in New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. Luckily the trail was freshly covered with a layer of snow (to cover up the ice underneath as towards the top things get pretty slippery ( especially on the way down). Bondcliff A formidable challenge, no doubt. All previous reviews say "unrelenting" and I concur. Your efforts will certainly be rewarded as you take in the 360 degree views from the summit. Great hike, unrelenting uphill but not too difficult. … I didn’t think it was anywhere near as bad as the previous reviews I read. If you’re a trail runner this moderately technical trail is a good option for a morning run. Spring, roughly halfway between the parking lot and Equinox Mountain. If views are what you are looking for then you need to take a drive to the top of the summit of Mount Equinox Skyline Drive in Arlington, VT. Construction of the Skyline Drive began in 1941 but was suspended because of the war and was not finished until 1947. Equinox Mountain is located in Bennington County in Southern Vermont. If you just enjoy a good hike I’d recommend. Mount Moriah Definitely quite hard. Nice carriage path to the halfway point. Dec 2, 2013 - Chrome Postcard Sky Line Inn, Summit of Mt. Mount Adams Red gate parking lot, to start the hike up to Equinox Mountain. Mount Field The mountain is the highest peak of the Taconic Range, and the highest point of Bennington County. This is a steep and strenuous trail. Agree with other reviews, unrelenting is a good way to describe it. 2 hrs up, 1 hr 10 down, 30 minutes between the visitor center and lookout rock. Cannon Mountain Mount Equinox Skyline Drive | 6369 Skyline Dr., Sunderland, VT, 05250 | Experience the unforgettable drive to the summit of Mount Equinox on the longest private toll road in the country! You can see Mount Washington in New Hampshire, on a clear day. View all NH mountain ranges Spaulding Mountain Very easy walk, well marked. Taken on 9/17/14. We were really happy we took the Skyline Drive up to the summit of Mount Equinox. Equinox Mountain is the highest peak in the Taconic Range and in Bennington County, Vermont. Hike to the summit of Mount Equinox with the Manchester Section of the Green Mountain Club. Mount Jefferson Mount Tripyramid, Middle Peak What this translates to is that with a few exceptions it is steep all the way up. The most beautiful part of the hike for me was after about mile 2 when there were more pines and moss covered rocks. Cadillac Mountain. Equinox Skyline Drive. The snow and ice at the top can make the trail slippery and tricky, so I went slow. Leave a reply. Everything you want to know about Vermont's Mount Equinox and its legendary Skyline Drive Toll Road The road directly to the pond is private so best take the Red Gate trail. Slightly soggy towards the top and leaves at the bottom made you have to watch your step. Kiosk at the beginning of the red gate trail. Traditional Ascent – Mount Equinox Hill Climb Motors Upward. I honestly didn’t feel the view at the top was worth all the trouble to get there. Mount Passaconway It’s a steady incline for the first two miles. Mount Hale Yep, "unrelenting" is definitely the way to describe this hike. Mount Wildcat, D Peak There is a toll road which allows visitors to drive to the summit to take in all the incredible views. Vear right to take the Blue Summit Trail. Straight forward, uphill, nothing technical and no scrambles. We were really happy we took the Skyline Drive up to the summit of Mount Equinox. Mount Osceola, East Peak Red Lining Equinox: Encyclopedia Rob and the Case of the Blue Summit Trail December 14, 2020 December 11, 2020 / BIT|Hiker 65 Another dip into … Equinox Mountain and Lookout Rock is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Arlington, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Camel's Hump Enjoy gorgeous views in all directions. Steady climb the entire way just about. The only trail up to the summit of the Blue Summit Trail, which is part of the Equinox Preservation Trust. Mount Katahdin, Hamlin Peak Baxter State Park From the end of West Union Street in Manchester, Vermont there is a parking area on the right side of the road. Mount Twin, North Peak What this translates to is that with a few exceptions it is steep all the way up. Mount Whiteface Mount Wildcat, A Peak NH 4,000 footers in Winter One overlook called the Monastery Overlook along your drive up the mountain allows you to see the monastery building in the valley below. Definitely a good workout on the ascent. The unrelenting climb to the top can suck your willpower dry, but I did not let myself give up. It rises more than 3000 feet directly out of the floor of the Valley of Vermont, looming behind the town of Manchester. This couple is standing on the summit of Mt. Cloudy at the top so didn’t get any view today. What to See: Animals. The Mount Equinox Skyline Drive toll road rises 3,140 feet in 5.2 miles from the base on VT-7A in Manchester, VT to the summit of Mount Equinox at 3,858 feet. In December, reports emerged that the Equinox House, the Equinox Links golf course, the airport, and 1,500 acres of land had been sold to a … The views from the top of Mount Equinox are breathtaking, especially on clear days with low haze, but most visitors are drawn in by the contemplative ambience at the summit – a tone set by the devotion of the Carthusian monks, who are far more the stewards than the landlords or … Taken on 9/17/14. Equinox is the highest peak in the Taconic Range at 3,855 feet. Great hike. Although the Skyline Drive, a privately owned toll road, takes drivers to the summit of Mount Equinox, a hiker is privileged to a first-hand experience of Mount Equinox’s two different ecosystems. 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