Equinox Preservation Trust
Located on the eastern side of Mount Equinox, the Equinox Preserve and Pond are part of 914 acres of protected land. The area is open to the public year-round, and includes 11 miles of maintained trails ranging from an easy pond loop, to the steeper climb up to the summit.
Trails are clearly marked. Take the easy-going Flatlanders Pass to the Pond Loop, and return. Bring a picnic! Try Robin’s Lookout, off the Red Gate Trail, for a sweet view of the Battenkill Valley. Or, if you’re in for the long haul, hike the Blue Summit Trail all the way to the top. You can pick up a map at the kiosk near the trailhead or at the nearby Equinox Hotel.
Trails are pet friendly but dogs must be leashed. Mountain Bikers are welcome, too, but asked to avoid single-track trails, like Snicket and Trout Lily. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the diversity of the preserve as it changes with the rise in elevation. In spring, keep your eyes peeled for pretty blooming ephemerals, in summer enjoy the thick canopy of northern hardwoods. In foliage, of course, head for the overlooks, and pack your camera!
How to find it: From Route 7A in Manchester Village, follow West Union Street to the dedicated trail parking lot. If full, consider grabbing a spot behind BBA or along the street in front of school, or in the rear parking lot of the Equinox Hotel, where you can pick up a map as well.
"A beautiful set of trails and lake with a view of Mount Equinox. The primary reason we come to Manchester is to spend time in nature and hiking the trails in this well maintained area is a required stop for us."Cal C. (source)