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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Equinox, VT
Trails
Trails: Red Gate Trail, Blue Summit Trail, Lookout Rock Spur, herd paths, Yellow Trail, Upper Spring Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 8, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot was almost full at 10:30 AM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No water crossings on this hike. Just one tiny stream in the trail at one point. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trails were in excellent condition going up. There were some blowdowns on the Yellow Trail going down from Lookout Rock, but it technically is an unmaintained path. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One dog on the trail and one at the summit. 
Bugs
Bugs: Fortunately, it was one of those rare Vermont summer hikes where bugs weren’t a problem. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a white cloth on Blue Summit Trail. 
 
Comments
Comments: A pleasant hike up Mount Equinox. Not too many hikers out for a Saturday with good weather. The Blue Summit Trail climbs very steadily for most of the way to the top. The lower half is uneventful and pretty boring, but the upper half is more interesting and climbs through beautiful balsam forests. When we arrived at the summit, the views were a bit hazy but they were still pretty good. We followed the gentle trail to Lookout Rock where there was a nice view of Manchester, VT and of Stratton Mountain. We followed some herd paths past LR to a better view from a precarious cliff lower down from which we could also see Dorset Peak. (Use caution at this cliff, there is a surprising drop.)


On the way down we followed the partially overgrown Yellow Trail back to Blue Summit. We then got back to the parking lot in record time.  
Name
Name: Summit Seeker  
E-Mail
E-Mail: runtowin78@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-08-08 
Link
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