After a bit of difficulty finding the trailhead, i proceeded up the 3000 foot mountain on a warm (about 45-50 degrees) fall day. Overall, a good hike, but not thrilling. Vertical gained was its best feature at 3000, with lack of ambience and removal from civilization its worst feature.
More good things:
-great view overlooking manchester from lookout point
-during the fall you can get decent views the whole way up. it would be been unsatisfying with leaves on the trees.
-it's close to bennington, where i was staying
-it's close to outlet stores, which at first depressed me, but then i got some good deals at the gap outlet after finishing a bit early
-it's not too long a hike, taking maybe 4 hours round trip if you hike at a decent pace, including a bit of walking around at the top. This can be a good or bad thing depending on what you're looking for.
More bad things:
-very near to touristy manchester, VT, which kinda kills my outdoorsy mood
-there's a hotel at the top of the mountain with an auto road, so that kills the ambience even more, even though in the late fall it's kinda cool and eerie to have a deserted structure like that at the top of the mountain.
-not that exciting a hike. minimal "alpine" type environment and vegetation (only for final 15 mins of hike)
Not a bad hike if you need a hike and if you're in the area. Wouldn't make it a destination from Boston or another far away place, however.