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Ascent of Equinox Mountain on 2018-07-21

Climber: Dan Lewis

Others in Party:Madeline Lewis
Date:Saturday, July 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Equinox Mountain
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3840 ft / 1170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Close to a three-hour drive each way to Mt. Equinox from my home in CT. Left at 4:45 AM. Started hike at 8:50 AM. Trail was a solid and unrelenting up most of the way, and we took our time. It got cooler the higher we went and was sunny and pleasant on the summit when we arrived close to noon. Some bugs, but not too bad. Trail was virtually bone dry. Views were very good, but obscured by some distant haze. Could see Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts, as well as Killington and Stratton in Vermont, and glimpses of the White Mountains in New Hampshire and the Adirondacks in New York. Checked out the rebuilt (ca. 2011) Summit Center. Departed after about an hour and made it down in about 2.5 hours. Got back home at 6:40 PM.
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View from the Summit of Equinox (2018-07-21). Photo by Dan Lewis.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2827 ft / 861 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:West Union St., Red Gate Trail, Blue Summit Trail
    Trailhead:West Union St. Lower Lot  1013 ft / 308 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Very warm in the valley, pleasant on the summit, some high clouds and a bit of haze.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes



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