We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Nice view”
Review of Mount Equinox

Mount Equinox
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Drive this scenic mountain which is also used as a outdoor classroom for the study of various species of plants and animals. At 5.2 miles, the Mount Equinox Skyline Drive is the longest privately owned paved toll road in the U.S. Those who prefer to hike can pick up a trail map at the Toll House. At the top of the mountain is our new Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center packed with info about Equinox Mountain and the Carthusian Monks. The private property which is 7,000 acres is owned by the Carthusain monks. A cloistered order of Catholic monks. There is the Catholic gift shop at the bottom of the mountain and also souvenirs from your trip.
Reviewed 7 August 2014

The view from the top of Mount Equinox is very nice, with northern and southern viewing spots at the visitors center atop the mountain that allow you to see hundreds of square miles. The center also has some information about the monastery that owns the property and the people who donated it to the religious order. The roads are hairpin curves, so keep your foot on the brake all the way down, but don't put your car in low gear as the sign tells you to, because you'll be going too fast for the gear (3rd gear is OK). The charge for admission is a bit steep, since they charge $5 for each extra passenger along with $15 for the driver.

1  Thank Douglas F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (202)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

82 - 86 of 202 reviews

Reviewed 5 August 2014

The brochure said you drive to the top, they are correct. There is a fee to access the road as this is privately owned property. The observatory at the top has great views and some interesting information inside. The short hike to Lookout Rock is worth it. We saw a snowshoe hare (or a fuzzy jackrabbit) along the trail.

1  Thank Walter B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 July 2014

The cost to drive up is 20 dollars for a car and two people. You are warned that it is a difficult drive up with steep ascents and hairpin bends. This is true, but for anyone used to driving in European mountains then there is no problem.

The views from the top as others have said are very good, and there is some hikes you can do of varying sizes from the top. For those of a more energetic nature you can hike a trail from the bottom at road level to the top. We met a few people who had done so and they all enjoyed it.

There is an interesting exhibition of the history of the area, and also details of the monastic life led by the monks who live here.

If in the area and it is a clear day then visit. If it is cloudy then leave it for another day.

3  Thank JandJ71
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 July 2014

This road was worth the travel up. There is a beautiful place at the top to learn more about the history of the mountain and its owners and the monestary. There are 360 views once on top. I'd go up again and probably will.

Thank MsGMaine
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Wasn't planning on stopping here but it was recommended by the hotel caretaker - and my teenage daughter thought it might be fun. We usually climb mountains on foot, not in a vehicle so it was a bit novel to drive to the top. A tad pricy ($25 for 3 people in a car) but worth it.

1  Thank elecuyer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Mount Equinox also viewed

Manchester, Green Mountains
 
Manchester, Green Mountains
Arlington, Green Mountains
 

Been to Mount Equinox? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing