Explore the most popular trail running trails in Green Mountain National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail has been relocated near the top (after the upper Jenny/Ratllesnake intersection), adding 1/3 mile in each direction, winding up towards the Oak Ridge trail then back to the cliff overlook. New section is fairly steep, and was a bit slippery when I visited. Still, a great payoff at the end with amazing views of Lake Dunmore, Silver Lake, the Moosalamoo woods, and the Champlain Valley.

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.

Nice trail for a day hike. the trail itself is actually slightly more than 5 miles.

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!

Hiked from Mad Tom Road in Dorset. To us this was a hidden gem. Beautiful forest with the flowing brook the whole way. Not too difficult. Very peaceful trail with some good rock formations.

7 days 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!

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7 days 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.

Well-marked walking trail with some smaller elevation inclines; easy out and back.

Definitely a moderate difficulty, mainly open but some grown in areas. When you hit the firn gullies it'll remind you of Jurassic Park 2.

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

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12 days 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

Very nice! A perfect short trail ☺️

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.

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17 days ago

Amazing views from the Fire tower!

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17 days ago

Steep and rocky, muddy at points. Heard a bigger animal and saw trees moving in the same area on the way up and back, hightailed it for a bit after that. Great hike overall.

Great hike, beautiful views along the way and at the top. Only took us 2.5 hours. Perfect views for fall foliage.

muddy, not many views, but gorgeous forest.

Was a lot of fun. View was incredible.

Pretty consistent climbing the entire time with some scrambling towards last half mile or so. View at top is an amazing 360! You can take the long trail path down to see the remnants of a plane crash, pretty cool.

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1 month ago

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

Great easy flat hike.

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

Awesome payoff at the top, the views were amazing. I did Rattlesnake both up and back. I think the mileage is off however, they have rerouted the trail and added several switchbacks, the signs say is 1.5 miles from the falls, it was closer to 2 miles from the falls to the Vista points on the cliffs-so worth it however!!

It is actually 6 miles out and back.

great trail for bringing my dog. gorgeous views at the top. went on a hot day so when we got back we went over to Danbury Park for a swim. will definitely go again!

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1 month 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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