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The Green Mountain National Forest is managed by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Located in Rutland Vermont, the park contains portions of both the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail as well as other popular peaks and trails. The park is a popular destination in New England for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Highlights within Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest include Grout Pond Recreation Area, sections of the Appalachian and Long Trails, Little Rock Pond Trail, White Rocks Cliff Trail, and Thundering Falls. The most popular season to visit this park during autumn, as the park has a stunning display of fall foliage. The park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including several bird species such as the peregrine falcon, as well as black bears, moose, and coyote.

nice trail, it was cold and windy heading up the mountain.

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
5 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.

Perfect day. The stream was rushing wild. Needed more time to explore the lower falls. Foliage was past peak but still spectacular!

hiking
11 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.

Great hike and great views. Trail was a good workout for the first 2 miles with lots switchbacks. There was a dusting to an inch of snow on the ground. Trail started getting steeper after the shelter. Lots of rock scrambling with icy areas near the summit. There was 3-4 inches of snow on top which made it look like a winter wonderland! Breathtaking!! The views were amazing!! Highly recommend this hike.

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.

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
19 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!

As most have pointed out, this hike is very easy for the first 1 1/2 mile. It definitely gets tougher though! The last half mile (as of 10/19) was very icy. It made for a do-able, but challenging ascent to the top. Make sure to dress in layers, as the top of the mountain is significantly colder and has high winds. With all that said...the view is worth it!

20 days ago

A friend and I went on this hike hoping to see pretty foliage but realizing we were a little too late and most leaves were on the ground. She is a more avid hiker than I am, I typically stick to more moderate trails. Looking at the reviews people said it was pretty decent until the very top so I thought I’d go for it. Needless to say this trail kicked my butt, and hers too, but I struggled the most. The last quarter-mile is intense like people say especially now as it’s covered with ice. But even the mile before that is pretty much straight up with lots of rocks, mud and fallen leaves, even some patches of ice. So I think we hit the trail really the latest time in the season before it gets kinda dangerous. You definitely need micro spikes to get up that last quarter mile with all the ice. But overall it was an adventure is hike and Cooper’s lodge with a nice place to stop and rest and even a great place to spend the night if hiking the Appalachian trail.

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

Great hike, the last 200 yards I stopped, too steep for the shoes I had and did not want to take a chance on falling. But I will be back to get to the Summit.

hiking
23 days ago

The views are amazing

Good hike for the whole family. Steady incline. Went in early October, great for fall foliage. Very muddy and wet, wear waterproof shoes/boots. Good view at the top. Parents, children, and dog all had a great time.

I went into this hike figuring that the top would be socked in with fog. I won't repeat what everyone else has described about the challenge of the trail. It is accurate. The final climb did have some ice though that added to the challenge. I hunkered down for a snack at the top behind a ledge. Just as I was starting my descent the fog lifted and I was able to get some really neat pictures. Totally worth the effort. My first 4,000 footer.

Gorgeous gorge!

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.

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.

Really this would probably be 3 1/2 stars for me. This hike was pretty without much elevation but like another reviewer noted it is rocky! Once you cross over the creek that whole section of the trail is super rocky. I couldn't really enjoy my surroundings, because if you looked up while walking you'd twist an ankle. Our golden retriever had a rougher time then usual too with paw placement. A 2 mile hike to the pond should have taken our family of 4 around 40 minutes or less - we hike a lot. It took us over an hour to get to pond since it was slow going with the rocky path.

hiking
1 month ago

Coming up from the parking lot the trail is wide and well maintained. It's a steep climb the first 1.5 miles but not hard. We started the loop headed west around the lake. Between mile 2 and 3, the trail gets pretty primitive. At times it's hard to find the trail and ended up hiking over very rocking terrain. I feel like this route doesn't get a lot of traffic. Once you round the far end of the lake the trail gets better. By mile 4 or so you are back on the wide maintian trail. We started hiking around 9:00 am and had the trails pretty much to ourselves most of the time. By 11:00 when we were headed back to the car we passed many hikers heading up. The parking lot was full when we got back to the car. All in all, it was a great hike and I would definitely do it again.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

This would have been a 5 star rating if there had been a few more open views of the lake. We took advice from previous reviews and did right side (over dam) first. First half of loop quite challenging underfoot. Completed in under 3 hours despite recent hip replacement.

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.

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.

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