Equinox Mountain is a mountain peak at an elevation of 1.170m (3,840ft) above the sea level, located in Bennington County, Southern Vermont, in United States. The climb is brutal, with some sections up to 14.66%.
The peak is located within the Taconic Range, part of the Appalachian Mountains. The road to the summit is called Skyline Drive - Mount Equinox. It’s an asphalted toll road open from May 1st to October 31st. 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.
Starting from VT-7A road, the ascent is 8.52km (5.3 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 970 meters. The average gradient is 11.38% with some parts up to 14.66%. The road rises 3,140 feet in 5.2 miles from the base on VT-7A in Arlington, to the summit. It was completed in 1947. 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.
Pic: Kristofer Soberano