Equinox Mountain

A steep paved toll-road to the top of Equinox Mountain in VT

Mount Equinox is a mountain peak at an elevation of 1.170m (3,840ft) above the sea level, located in Bennington County, in the U.S. state of Vermont. The climb is brutal, with some sections up to 14.66%. It’s an unforgettable drive to the summit of the highest peak in the Taconic Range.

Can you drive to the top of Mount Equinox?

Tucked away in Southern Vermont, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Skyline Drive-Mount Equinox. It’s a toll road built in 1947. The road starts right off of Route 7A in Sunderland (south of Manchester). It is 8,36km (5.2 miles) long.

 Is the road to Mount Equinox open?

Set high in the Taconic Range, part of the Appalachian Mountains, the road to the summit is closed November through April. Buses, RVs, or vans over 8 persons are strictly prohibited.

Is the road to Mount Equinox worth it?

There are wide views from the side of the road as it goes along the top of the ridge. There is a parking lot at the top. At the summit there are communication towers, a small, abandoned Cold War-era NORAD radar station and an un-manned info center with information about the mountain, the views and the history. The summit has a full 360-degree view of Vermont, the Adirondacks and New Hampshire.

Is the road to Mount Equinox steep?

Starting at VT-7A road, the ascent is 8.52km (5.3 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 970 meters (3,182 ft). The average gradient is 11.38% with some parts up to 14.66%. Today it remains as the longest, privately owned, paved toll road in the United States. Coming down it is a good idea to stop half way down and let your brakes cool down. Be sure your vehicle is in its lowest gear so its engine will act as a brake.
Pic: Kristofer Soberano

 

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