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Equinox Mountain and Lookout Rock

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Green Mountain National Forest

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. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,883 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Being the highest mountain in the Taconic Range, the climb to the top of Equinox Mountain is steep and unrelenting. At the summit, you'll find a visitor's center and a monastery that can also be accessed by car. Lookout Rock is another two tenths of a mile from the summit, which has views of nearby Manchester Village, as well as a unique and beautiful marble bench.

An amazing trail, not too many people, with brilliant views at the top. Lot of elevation towards the top, definitely on the more difficult spectrum of trails, but we had a beginner in our group that was still able to manage. Highly recommend.

hiking
9 hours ago

Great hike. A good amount of work but it’s quite rewarding.

hiking
blowdown
icy
6 days ago

A bit of ice near the summit - spikes not really needed though, can just walk on edges of the trail.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
washed out
7 days ago

blowdown
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
8 days ago

hiking
icy
rocky
9 days ago

Really nice trail, entire route to the summit is all moderate incline, no flat parts. Recommended to be in decent shape for this one. Still some ice up top as of 5/16/20. Took 3.5 hours round trip

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
9 days ago

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
12 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked up on 5/8/20. Truly relentless! Maybe like 30 seconds of flat on this whole trail. Really good butt-kicker. Luckily, the toll road was closed so there were no cars at the top- we were the only ones on the summit that day :) The visitor center was all closed down, and honestly the building and the radio tower detract from the beauty of the summit. Can't imagine if it were crowded with people who'd driven up, but I digress. Took us almost 2 hours, including a brief summit rest before bailing due to the freezing wind.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
snow
23 days ago

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