Mount Equinox Trail

HARD 104 reviews

Mount Equinox Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly 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, walking, and trail running and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3024 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
28 days ago

Very tough hike, with almost no relief from uphill madness! I have hiked several high peaks in VT, and this hike was on of the the most strenuous. It was a great challenge and recommend to anyone looking for a rewarding and awesome workout.

One side note was the summit, which is also the top of a long road to the top. Sort of takes away some of the glory seeing people who just drove up a road enjoying the same views, without the hard work!

hiking
30 days ago

Nice steady hike to top. Great views of surrounding mountains. Wild flowers coming in. Trail in best condition I’ve seen it. Black flies not bad with steady breeze

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike!! Definitely a work out, but the view at the top makes it all worth it. Some points to keep in mind though: This is not an easy hike. Make sure to take plenty of water and snacks, appropriate footwear with grippy soles and an extra layer for the cooler temperature in the afternoon at the top. We hiked the blue summit trail mid May and there was still quite a bit of ice towards to the top. It’s narrow and very slippery on the ice. The visitors center was not open when we reached the top.. much to our disappointment, but the view was just breathtaking. We completed the trail in just under 4hrs.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike with a nice 360 degree view at the summit. Hiking it in the snow added a fair element of challenge...and fun!

4 months ago

Great hike. What a workout. Views not great until the top but too busy climbing to worry about it!

6 months ago

Great training hike to see what kind of condition you are in. Steep and relentless but not technical at all as for half the trail you are hiking up a road. Due to this, it is not a long hike, but you will definitely work up a good sweat. Nice views of Manchester from Lookout rock. don’t forget to pay your respects to Mr. Barbo as my Lab, Molson and I did.

6 months ago

A major butt-kicker. Super steep and rocky toward the top, which was great. It became a magical fairy land up there too. Very beautiful. The summit views are fantastic of course, but some of the serenity is spoiled by the presence of a parking lot. My wife and I ran up in an hour and 17 mins, and down in 59 mins. Be prepared to get whooped :)

hiking
8 months ago

definitely rated accurately. nothing but incline the whole way up. bring lots of water and snacks but if you like a challenge it is a lot of fun and rewarding when you make it to the top. my dog was actually tired the next day which was a bonus.

8 months ago

I knew this was going to be a rough hike when I saw the 3,000 foot plus elevation gain on the app. Another hiker on the trail said to me it had the feel of one of the high peaks of the Adirondacks. It's a real but kicker and a good challenge - it's uphill all the way (well I guess it does level off slightly toward the top). Unfortunately for me it was raining, windy and there was no view when I got to the summit as it was all fog. There were quite a few people at the top - most from the toll road having lunch in the building. The building is nice as it offered a spot to refill the water jugs. I'll have to take the toll road next time as it's not a hike I really want to do again right away.

hiking
8 months ago

Great Hike! Really loved the challenge! Pity it was raining all the way up but the shelter at the summit it's a great spot for lunch and warming up! Recommended for all that like a challenge and are relatively fit! Not many spots where to stop on the way!

hiking
9 months ago

This was a very hard trail, you are hiking at a steep incline for the entirety of the trail. There are not many good places to stop to rest along the way. The view is incredible, but since you are able to drive to the top of the mountain, this takes away from the rewarding feeling of reaching summit.

hiking
9 months ago

It was tough than I thought... but good workout!!

SO hard! Longest 3.3 mile up ever. But worth the climb.

hiking
10 months ago

Steep and hard. Just the way I like it.

hiking
10 months 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

hiking
10 months ago

Challenging but great hike. Going up is rough but it is worth it at the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome hike or snowshoe (have now done both). Hard and steep but such a reward at the top with 360 degree views. Took about 3 hours all in including a 30m stop at the top and wandering out to lookout rock. 1:20m to the top at a solid clip. Highly recommend for those in shape and ready for a short but great challenge.

hiking
11 months ago

So crowded, but it's a good challenge. I was up to the summit in 1:20, down in 0:40, so a 2hr hike. Park at the school and walk up the stairs and behind the football field. The trail is marked and clearly visible. The W. Union St. parking lot is small and jammed.

hiking
11 months ago

Blue Summit Trail is a Fantastic, challenging Hike to the Summit of Mt. Equinox. It is the largest peak of the Taconic Range where you will be Hiking over 3800 ft in elevation. At the 2 mile mark there is a bench and about 200 feet away is a stream shooting out of the mountain to help cool you off. Regroup here as the rest of the Hike is a steep incline with minimal flat ground. The journey to the top is a reward in itself but reaching the Summit and the views are breathtaking.

hiking
11 months ago

Fantastic Hike. Very challenging and as other hikers mentioned in previous comments, there are hardly any flat spots.. steep incline pretty much all the way.
But nonetheless, well worth the climb. Trail is well marked and beautiful. Roughly half way into the hike there is a bench. good place to cool off before starting the steepest section.( Don't miss the Spring which is just 250 ft from the bench)

Hiking poles are recommended on this hike. Summit views are breathtaking and they have a cool visitor center.

Hard but rewarding hike. Would definitely visit again.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Toughest summit around. Solid pitch with no breaks. Some cool side trails and viewing areas near the top. Final stretch through stream beds and pines is awesome.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Very difficult but very rewarding. I did this hike in March in 6 degree temperatures. It was below 0 degrees at the top of the mountain (even colder with the wind chill), but the view of southern Vermont and New Hampshire was worth it.
This hike is very steep and took a lot out of my friend and me. The woods are thick toward the top. Town is very cute too (Manchester). I would recommend this hike to people in moderate to great shape. If you want to do it in the winter (like I did), bring spikes for your boots. The hike is icy and I slipped quite a few times.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Really fun trail, but really hard! We stopped at the spring to cool off a bit. This trail is pretty steep and doesn't really flatten out. The welcome center at the top was a nice place for us to eat lunch!

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

What an amazing but difficult climb today! The weather was perfect and the trials in great shape! If you're looking for a challenging climb with great rewards at the top, this is the one for you!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

This is a great hike. Great terrain and Views!! Was on vacation camping nearby and got the chance to do the trails before it rained. Forgot to record it.

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Elevation gain of over a half mile in 3.1 miles works out to about a 16% grade. Very tough for this 78-year old, but lovely all the way. Maple leaves just unfolding, wild flowers abound, and the wet mossy evergreen forest at the top is like a small scale Olympic peninsula. Too bad the Carthusian visitor center was not yet open for the season.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Great spot, but gets a little crowded on nicer days, I prefer the Beartown Gap or Three Maple drive over Manchester CTR...its an easy shot along the Northern Ridge.

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

all uphill! no breaks but worth the views!

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

1. Great hike! Brings poles! Very steep with minimal switchbacks.
2. Bring your dogs if they can behave off leash. You dont want to have them attached with the steepness of the trail.
3. Bring lots of water and snacks.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Great views, fairly challenging hike from Burr and Burton school trailhead.

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