Mount Equinox Trail

Manchester, Vermont

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Manchester, Vermont, is wedged into a narrow valley formed by the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Mountains to the west. Mount Equinox, which towers over the village, is the highest peak in the Taconic Range. It is the dominant peak on the west side of Manchester and the highest peak in Vermont that is not part of the Green Mountains. The hike up Mount Equinox is worthwhile for its excellent views, both from Lookout Rock which lies northeast of the true summit along the summit ridge, and from the summit itself. The hike described here is a “lollipop hike,” with a loop at the top encompassing the summit and Lookout Rock.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)

Manchester, Vermont, is wedged into a narrow valley formed by the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Mountains to the west. Mount Equinox, which towers over the village, is the highest peak in the Taconic Range.

It is the dominant peak on the west side of Manchester and the highest peak in Vermont that is not part of the Green Mountains. The hike up Mount Equinox is worthwhile for its excellent views, both from Lookout Rock which lies northeast of the true summit along the summit ridge, and from the summit itself. The hike described here is a “lollipop hike,” with a loop at the top encompassing the summit and Lookout Rock.

© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Manchester
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: 2,882 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Green Mountain Club; Green Mountain National Forest - Manchester District
Local Maps: USGS Manchester
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Equinox Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/2/2009
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We did this day hike as a means of getting in shape for 4 nights packing in Glacier NP in August. Although without packs on this hike, it was a good work-out. It has a 2800' change in elevation, with a combination of well graded paths and steep, rocky, and during our trip, wet paths at higher elevations. It is quite a beautiful hike, with vegetation much like a cloudforest when we got up higher-Olympic Peninsula light. Good views both sides from top but clouds moved in and subsequent rain. Trail guide was a bit confusing as to the loop at the top, we just doubled back after visiting the abandoned hotel. Highly recommended as a climb that combines a work-out and some beauty. The guide underestimates some of the footwork you need to do at the higher elevations so be prepared. Right near Manchester for supplies. The less vertically inclined can enjoy many sub-trails at the trail head, including a walk around a lake.



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