Ascent of Equinox Mountain on 2015-07-17

Climber: Neil Benson

Others in Party:Josie Benson
Date:Friday, July 17, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Equinox Mountain
    Elevation:3840 ft / 1170 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at the trailhead at the end of West Union St. in Manchester, VT, then walked up the Red Gate Trail past the information kiosk on the right. The trail soon merges with the Blue Summit Trail coming in from the left. After passing Flatlanders Pass and Snicket on the left, the trail continued then forked into Red Gate left and Blue Summit right. We followed the Blue Summit Trail up through forests of northern hardwoods, including birch. We passed a mountain spring marked by a sign on the left, then passed through the krummholz into the alpine zone and finally the summit. Extensive views of the southern Green Mountain National Forest and surrounding VT peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2840 ft / 865 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Red Gate Trail-Blue Summit Trail
    Trailhead:Red Gate Trailhead  1000 ft / 304 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Western Massachusetts Trip (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Equinox Mountain2015-07-172840 ft / 866 m
2Mount Greylock2015-07-1815 ft / 5 m
Total Trip Gain: 2855 ft / 871 m    Total Trip Loss: 2855 ft / 871 m

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