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Hike to Mount Equinox

Red Gate Trail, Vermont

based on 2 reviews



6.5 miles

Elevation Gain

3024 ft

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Amazing views of the surrounding mountains, hills, and forests of Vermont.

The trail to the peak of Mount Equinox is 6.5 miles out and back, and is slightly more strenuous than the trails nearby. Your efforts will certainly be rewarded as you take in the 360 degree views from the summit. The Mount Equinox trail is most commonly used by trail runners, hikers, and sometimes snowshoers in the winter. This is a great training trail if you are preparing for a longer trek, or if you simply want some good exercise!

Dogs are allowed on this trail, so bring your furry friend!

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Hike to Mount Equinox Reviews

it starts by sending you directly vertical up the mountain and only gets steeper from there. if you are seeking to immerse yourself in nature’s solace at the top as a reward for making the difficult trek out of civilization you will not find it here. you’ll know you’ve almost made it to the summit when you see a structure with a barbed wire fence and satellite device emitting a strange frequency. just passed this you’ve made it to the top of the mountain, where there’s an enormous visitor center. to add to the ambiance, the lawn was being mowed and there was someone in the parking lot smoking a cigarette wearing a usa shirt because you can drive to the top, apparently. inside is some sort of catholic shrine and plaques telling you where new york and massachusetts and new hampshire are. first of all, states are an idea i don’t even subscribe to so why do i want that information there. secondly, nature is my church, and god is found in the forest without a bastardized indoctrination center at the top. the way down is so steep that you can feel a pounding in your head with each clomp of your feet. if you want to get lost in vermont’s beautiful, natural spaces stay away from this capitalist, tourist disaster, maybe.

Worth the hike. A little steep the last km, but amazing 360 degree views at the top.

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