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Equinox Mountain, Arlington

Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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3.8/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
Equinox Mountain is a mountain in Bennington County, Vermont, United States, in the town of Manchester. The mountain is the highest peak of the Taconic Range, and the highest point of Bennington County. It is one of thirteen peaks in Vermont with a topographic prominence over, ranked third behind Mansfield and Killington. Equinox is the second highest peak in southern Vermont, after Stratton Mountain.GeologyThe Taconic Range ridgeline continues to the north from Equinox Mountain as Mother Myrick Mountain and south as Red Mountain; it is flanked to the west by Bennetts Ridge and Bear Mountain, also of the Taconic Range, and to the east by the western escarpment and plateau of the Green Mountains, across the Batten Kill valley. The southeast side of Equinox Mountain drains into the Batten Kill, thence into the Hudson River, and into New York Harbor. The northwest side of Equinox drains into the Green River, a tributary of the Batten Kill.Buildings and other developmentsRadio station WEQX's tower is located on the mountain, hence the callsign of the station. There was a former hotel, the Sky Line Inn, which was torn down in 2011 to make way for a new visitor's center, the "Saint Bruno Viewing Center". A small, abandoned Cold War-era NORAD radar station can be seen near the summit. The site is now used for two-way communications including the Vermont State Police, and the other radio station to transmit from the mountain, Vermont Public Radio's WVTQ.
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  • We chose to drive the Equinox Skyline to see the views from the top of the mountain. The road is naturally steep and windy as to be expected, and there are a couple of stopping places for an interim v...  read more »
  • This was a great fall foliage hike! We came here for the fall foliage but it turned out to be a cloudy day, but the colors were still plentiful. This hike does have some steep inclines with slippery s...  read more »
  • I thought it was a VT state highway (with toll) which paralleled the main route. Nope. It's a private property with a history which includes a benevolent donor, secluded monastery, and a strange combi...  read more »
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