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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.

My 4 year old daughter and I started out on the Keewaydin trail. After hiking for what felt like at least 2 hours. I could tell we were still no where close to the top. We passed the waterfall, then it started to get pretty steep. i have no clue how far up we made it. Next time i will have to use this app! We did not make it far enough to see the rock designs or any views at all. It was very muddy in some spots and slippery. Will try again after getting in better shape.

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.

Got to be in pretty good shape !!! Not a beginners trail!!! Great hike !!!

Beautiful views

Did the loop on October 12 but got started a bit late so took the Halfway House Trail to get up to the Canyons Trail and then eventually met up with the Long Trail to make it to the chin and back down via the Sunset Ridge Trail.

Halfway House was very very steep but offered some pretty views of the valley, especially with the foliage. The Canyons Trail included a lot of rock scrambling but offered some shelter from the wind on the ridge. Also great views on this section. Once we got to the Long Trail, the views were incredible because you get up above the treeline on to the ridge and you can really see the summit, the valley and stowe ski resort. Unfortunately we had a lot of fierce wind during our time along the long trail probably from the combination of elevation and quick changing weather.

Once we started descending via the Sunset Ridge Trail, the conditions were much better and we were able to enjoy the views and get some great photos.

Overall a great hike and worth the views. Strenuous because of steep conditions and rock scrambles. Make sure to check the weather and be ready for temperature drops and wind

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.

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!

This is one of my new favorite hikes! I agree with other hikers here that this trail should be rated Moderate in place of Hard. Rocks were quite wet and trail very slippery in a few places; trail not as steep as was expecting. There is one marked path to the cascades (White blazed AT). There is another unmarked narrow path to the 30 ft high waterfall though more difficult to find in the fall as the leaves cover the trail. Make sure to take the blue blazed path on your right to the overlook! As of October 2018, there was a bee's nest under/within the rock outcropping at the last outlook spot of the cliff area. Saw a kestrel at the second to last overlook spot while eating lunch there. I would say the views are pretty spectacular.

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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.

on Mount Mansfield Loop Trail

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1 month ago

Summary (TLDR): Halfway House up and back in damp, foggy, and cooler conditions took roughly five hours. Challenging hike but very worthwhile.

My girl and I went over the past weekend (10/6) to see all of the wonderful foliage fall colors and the mountain didn't disappoint despite the weather. For our first time up the mountain, the ranger that was assisting in parking cars recommended Halfway House to the Chin, then back down Sunset Ridge. The conditions that day were damp, foggy, very light scattered showers, and windy at the ridgeline. The temperature was between 45-55F.

Halfway House certainly was grueling the whole way up if you aren't used to mountain hiking. The path has great opportunities for photos along the way and is easy to follow. There were two different areas where things were sketchy and both were towards the top. One is a serious rock slope that has very few areas to anchor your feet. We opted on taking a less traveled dirt path to the right of the slope and made it up without facing the troubles we could have encountered. The final dangerous obstacle was a shallow sloping boulder you have to cross that overhangs a cliff to connect with the trail on the other side. There was no going above or below this. I believe the hike up was around three hours.

When we made it to the ridgeline, we broke into the tundra foliage and it was beautiful! The sight was certainly breathtaking regardless of the poor weather conditions. There was still about another hour to the Chin according to other hikers.

We walked about fifteen minutes towards the Chin and ran into a few other hikers coming down from the Chin. They recommended turning back because it was raining pretty good on the summit and gusts were reaching up to and sustaining at 45 mph. I will also add if you are afraid of heights, walking the ridgeline to the Chin is not for the faint of heart. There is a 1000 ft drop to the right that provides for amazing views but will stunt those who may not be comfortable with heights.

To finish out the hike, we made our way back down Halfway House. Overall, we spent about three hours going up, two hours coming back down, and about an hour meandering around and enjoying views at the base and ridgeline. I'm looking forward to going back and experiencing the trails again. I highly recommend it.

What a beautiful hike

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

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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

Loved this hike! Went up the Halfway House Trail to Long Trail then down Sunset Ridge. Long Trail was along the ridge so the views were incredible. The hike wasn't that hard. It was perfect fall hiking weather (~55 degrees) and it was pretty crowded at the top. The views from the top were incredible!!!

Great hike. I would consider it a Moderate, not difficult. Group of us and 4 dogs did it with no problem. Nice view from the top!

I’m not a hiker and this was definitely difficult but it was very pretty. We reached the summit around 10:30am and it was so foggy that we couldn’t see anything. I think the fog burned out by midday but still a little disappointing. It’s not too busy (we went on a Sunday) and we passed our fair share of dogs :). Trail was pretty slippery even though it hadn’t rained in a few days. A lot of DIY rock climbing but worth it.

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

Decided to tackle another of the highest peaks of the state, this time in Vermont. Another 3.5 hour drive from home and same back. Decided to go up the lesser traveled route, Halfway House. Glad I chose that, saw 4 people as they were coming down but nobody else. Mile to the long trail but seemed longer. I'm not the fastest hiker out there so didn't want to have to move aside a lot. Another mile to the meetup with Sunset Ridge then up to the chin. A fair amount of rock jumping as you get closer to the final climb but nothing crazy. Halfway House wasn't all that bad in regards to actual climbing, just took time. The top was a little busy not that bad for a Sunday. One thing to keep in mind, as I knew where I was going, I met a couple who weren't sure and almost took the Sunset Ridge to go down which would have taken them down to the wrong side of the mountain. I got them straightened out, just glad I could help. Now the fun starts, heading down. I knew before I started I would go up HH and down Sunset. I just didn't think Sunset Ridge was as tough as I went through going down. I read somewhere that from easy to hard on this side was SR then HH then LC. From going up HH, I think SR is about the same really. Took a couple hours and had a constant thigh burn going but didn't want to stop because I knew I wouldn't want to get up :). Got to Cantilever trail and didn't have the strength to go out and back, maybe another year. As they say, doesn't matter how far or how fast you go, just that you go somewhere. It's always a few steps at a time for me, not bad for an overweight mid 50's guy. Enjoy yourselves!

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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.

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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!

It was a rainy day and there were less than 10 people we encountered during the hike, but it was very special.

It was very windy near the chin and the rain drops hit hard on the faces, but what an experience!

Definitely for the endurance exercise oriented person. There is no leisurely strolling or switch-backs on this hike. Mostly straight up-hill the entire route. Nice views at the top with a one-of-a-kind visitor center where you can warm up.

The first ~60% of the hike is a fairly boring slog up an old access road. Once you hit the spring the trail turns into more of a real trail which is quite nice. There is some sort of church at the top with nice viewing platforms. Took approximately 3 hours to complete. Beware in the parking lot at the trailhead. Someone vandalized my car doing over $1,000 worth of damage.

Loved this hike! Originally had planned on doing this trail; however, we ended up parking in the “picnic area” and starting on th3 keewaydin trail. There are a few steep areas, but overall not highly intense. Near the top there is a beautiful pine tree Forest that is truly majestic. There is also a “rock grave sight” with piles of stacked rocks. Once you reach this point, you should follow the blue path to the outlook. At the outlook, you’ll have to do some exploring to find the views. If you get all the way out, keep going to the right more - there is a beautiful outlook with nice areas to sit and enjoy the views! Very very beautiful and not too demanding!!

Loved this hike! Originally had planned on doing all of the White Rocks Long Trail hike; however, we ended up parking in this “picnic area” and starting on this trail. I would say the hike is more moderate than difficult - there are a few steep areas, but overall not highly intense. Near the top there is a beautiful pine tree Forest that is truly majestic. There is also a “rock grave sight” with piles of stacked rocks. Once you reach this point, you should follow the blue path to the outlook. At he outlook, you’ll have to do some exploring to find the views. If you get all the way out, keep going to the right more - there is a beautiful outlook with nice areas to sit and enjoy the views! Very very beautiful and not too demanding!!

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