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hiking
2 days ago

Snow and ice and open water, relatively easy with trax on boots

11/10/18 Nice hike, easy to follow, well marked trail. We went after a couple days of rain so it was pretty wet and muddy. By the time we got back to the parking lot our hiking shoes were soaked. Waterfall was worth it!

This was a really fun hike!! Steady climb for the first portion of hike then it levels offf. On the fall day I hiked there were tons of warblers and thrushes. Harmon hill is a glorious place for a picnic on a nice sunny day!!

hiking
12 days ago

PLEASE WEAR WATERPROOF BOOTS!!! Due to all the rain a good quarter to half mile of the trail is under several inches of water and there is significant mud.

hiking
18 days ago

just hiked to the falls with our dog. he did great and the falls were incredible. a little mud, running and standing water on the trail. well worth it for the view.

It was alright. Fire road up hill to a small lookout. Then back down. It’s probably cooler if you keep going past the lookout and meet up with other trails. Didn’t get a chance to as it was getting dark. On the plus side, driving back down Rootville Rd after we were done, we looked to the left as we were going over the bridge that crosses the stream before you get back down to the intersection, we saw what was a wolf/coywolf/something bigger than a coyote eating a deer carcass in the edge of the creek. So that was pretty sweet.

My hometown of West Pawlet! Couldn’t ask for a better view of one of the best places on earth!

One of my favorite climbs.
Starts out with 500 feet vert on fire roads and then proceeds to switchbacks for the next 1000 feet.
Once you get to the "mini fir" path section above tree line, you get to the bench, which marks the final 1300 or so feet of climbing.
This is where the real trail begins as it is mostly single track and rockier.
There are some slick rocks nearing the top as ice had formed on many of them.
Coming out of the dense evergreen section near the top, there is a gated in small mechanical structure (maybe a transformer?) and then you either go left to make the final climb to the summit or right to lookout rock.
Pretty cool that it started to snow when I got to the summit. Got up in 50 minutes, which seemed like a decent time until I checked Strava and saw some superhumans summiting in under 35 minutes!!!
Normally I visit Equinox when the St. Bruno Viewing Center is closed for the season, but this year it was still open.
It's worth checking out.
Views from summit and lookout rock are beautiful.

trail running
25 days ago

Trail is well maintained and the entire section is very runnable, with a few water crossings to refresh your feet (nothing better than ice cold Vermont water).
Towards the bottom there is one very cool section under a canopy of evergreen trees with an almost level dirt path which makes for a quite scenic "trail road."
Path gets a bit rockier as you ascend a few switchbacks.
I went during a cold and rainy day so once I got high enough, the rain turned to snow, which added to the ambience.
When I got to the trail junction about 1.75 miles or so in, I read the sign as "falls" straight ahead and the other insignia as towards the right (descent). This was incorrect. The falls are actually down to the right.
Anyway, I kept climbing (toward Bourn pond) and this section of trail wasn't maintained.
It was very wet, muddy, single track and with tons of down / decaying trees blocking the path. This felt like more of a Bushwhack. I kept going about another half mile or so to a large stream crossing, which I incorrectly assumed was Lye Brook falls.
In actuality, I believe this was the higher section of rocky brook that feeds the falls below.
Regardless, next time I return, I'll make sure to turn right at the junction!

Nice trails, but rather poorly maintained and lacking trail maps at each of multiple entrances. Interpretive signs are in poor repair and trail marking is inconsistent. It's not at all just a few small loops as the AllTrails map makes it appear.

This was a great trail! our dog enjoyed the trail as well, we kept her close near the falls since we didn't trust her to stay out of the water. The trail was absolutely gorgeous. Its uphill the whole way to the falls, but the way back goes much faster

Enjoyed this hike once i got to the single track portion. First part is more fire roady than I like. Was a little disappointed when I got to the summit and saw a parking lot and visitors center/some kind of monastery, but that didn’t stop me using the monks’ bathroom.

Hiked this mo’ fo’ yesterday and it was gorgeous. Started snowing at altitude. I’m a trail runner, but beginner hiker. My running endurance paid off and I crushed this gosh darn mountain.

beautiful trails, great pond to sit and have a picnic by. not well marked trails at all and there are a lot of trails. know where you are going because it is easy to get lost in there especially once the leaves have fallen.

Went on this hike about a year ago with my husband. It was really tough but rewarding! The summit was beautiful and worth it. The fact that there’s a bathroom with running water at the top was a plus. Would definitely do it again!

1 month ago

Very nice trail. A little rocky definitely moderately rated. My wife and I are amateur hikers and it took us about 3 hours round trip. Totally worth the view though!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike but it is tough. I brought my three kids and they hated me for a little while afterwards. See my full write up. http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/equinoxmountain

Great trail. Park near water tower and go along well maintained road. Stop at stream. Go to Prospect Rock.
You can extend hike by going on well marked AT or Long Trail.
On way back find a road on left and follow about 100 yards to incredible overlook of Lye Brook and Manchester.
Today was perfect color in October. Life is good.

Challenging in certain areas, especially with dogs. Hiking boots are highly recommend. Due to the terrain, very rocky, mostly uphill ascent and downhill decent, and combination of water crossings, felt rating was slightly underrated. The falls are spectacular and worth the challenge

Great hike especially that the weather was perfect. Lots of fungi to see all different types and colors. A nice surprise near the top with a dense Forrest . Nice view of the town below. Leaves were a little late this year but a couple nice trees turning

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty simple trail, steady incline nearly all the way up to the summit/lookout on consistent footing. Flattens out about an eighth of a mile before the summit, and if you’re looking for the sign it isn’t too hard to see (there’s also a second sign lower down on the same tree that says “LOOK UP ⬆️⬆️” but not sure how long that’s been there). Went on an overcast day of the first weekend of October, kind of bummed that the cloud cover limited the view but still got some nice pictures.

Difficult but nice, rewarding

This hike takes you to a really beautiful waterfall. It is rocky and you cross a few streams along the way. All were crossable but one was mildly challenging. I recommend for a nice short hike to a great view.

I really enjoyed that there were so many trails to choose from. It was like a choose your own adventure and you might get a little lost (which I did)!

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike,but lots of rocks. Pretty falls, but probably a lot nicer after a good rain.

Great hike in my backyard. PLEASE DO NOT VENTURE OFF TRAIL! I’ve done way too many searches for lost hikers up here. Easy to follow trail markers

Hike this often .... very steep fire road style hike with rewarding views

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate hike with no summit view at the top. The Vista / overlook is the rock face as the other reviewer (mj) said at 42.9134, -73.1555. This is more than a mile before you get to the summit and is right at the point where you first see the white rocks all over the place. The trail at the summit connects to two other trials that keep going. We followed the ridge trial about .2 miles and didn't find any other views. The trail is rerouted slightly at the beginning (which is well marked) so we ended up doing almost exactly 4 miles to the summit with elevation gain of just below 2000ft for the out and back. This should be changed on the trail info. 3 or maybe 4 steeper parts during the hike but relatively tame. A few stream crossings the pooch was able to drink from.

Good hike, 2nd half of ascent is a little tough, but the falls make it all worth it

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail with great views. The trail starts asa meadow, with lots of flowers and pollinators to see. The view from the overlook is pretty amazing!

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