The Stamford Motel
Magnificent views, cozy rooms and minutes to downtown Manchester

Day Hikes

The Stamford Motel is located in the Green Mountain National Park - we are within minutes of many great hiking trails.

Robin's Lookout
Location:               Manchester Center-Equinox Preservation
Rating:                   Easy, except for the last .2 miles
Distance:               3 miles from Red Gate round trip
                               1 mile from Black Gate round trip
Time:                     1-2 hours
Please park at Equinox Hotel.  Trail maps available at Eastern Mountain Sports, Equinox Hotel or trailhead.

West River Trail
Location:          South Londonderry-Jamaica
Rating:              Easy
Distance:          8.2 miles round trip
Time:                4 hours

Great summer hike offering a refreshing swim at Bell Mountain Dam is also a fine snowshoe hike in winter.

Little Rock Pond
Location:              Danby
Rating:                  Easy
Distance:             4 miles round trip
Time:                    2 hours

Starting on Mt. Tabor Road (FR10), this hike follows the Appalachian/Long Trail to one of the most popular backcountry lakes around.  With swimming, fishing, and wildlife spotting, there’s something for everyone.

Style Peak
Location:              Peru
Rating:                  Moderate
Distance:             3.2 miles round trip
Time:                     3 hours

Beginning on Mad Tom Notch Road (FR21), this hike follows the Appalachian/Long Trail north to the summit, where you’ll find great views to the East.  From there, you can keep going another 1.7 miles to Peru Peak or come back the way you came.

Lye Brook Falls

Location:              Manchester Center
Rating:                  Moderate
Distance:             4.4 miles round trip
Time:                     3 hours

This is a nice moderate hike in summer or winter to one of the tallest waterfalls in Vermont.

Bromley Mountain

Location:              Winhall
Rating:                  Moderate
Distance:             5.4 miles round trip
Time:                     3-4 hours

Nice moderate hike on the Appalachian/Long Trail that will lead you to the summit observation deck, where you can see Mt. Equinox, Stratton, the Adirondacks, western New Hampshire, and northern Massachusetts.  Trailhead parking in lot off Routes 11/30.

Stratton Pond

Location:              Off Arlington-Kelly Stand Road
Rating:                  Moderate
Distance:             7.8 miles round trip
Time:                     4-5 hours

A favorite due to many opportunities for spotting wildlife, especially moose.  You end at a tranquil mountain pond.

Prospect Rock

Location:              Manchester Center
Rating:                  Difficult
Distance:              3 miles round trip
Time:                    2-3 hours

Short but strenuous, this hike offers great views of Manchester Center, Mt. Equinox, and Dorset Mountain.

Griffith Lake and Baker Peak
Location:              Danby
Rating:                  Difficult
Distance:              8.2 miles round trip
Time:                    5 hours

There’s nothing like a quick swim at Griffith Lake before heading to Baker Peak, where there are great views of the valleys, and on a clear day you can see the Adirondacks.

Equinox Preservation

Location:           Manchester Village
Rating:                   Easy - Difficult
Distance:               .10 - 3.10 miles
Time:                     It all depends

Suggested Routes:
If you have 1 hour, walk out Flatlanders Pass to the Pond Loop and return.
If you have 2 hours, visit Robin's Lookout for a view of the Battenkill Valley of Vermont.
If you have 3 hours, hike the Maidenhair Trail, visit the Southern Vermont Arts Cednter, and return on the Trillium Trail.
If you have all day, hike the Blue Summit Trail to the top of Mount Equinox.

"About the Preserve
The Equinox Preserve covers 914 acres of forest lands on the eastern slopes of Mount Equinox in Manchester, Vermont.  It is open to the public for year-round, non-motorized recreation.  Over 11 miles of marked and maintained trails provide access to these unique mountainous woodlands.

The land's owner, the Equinox Resort and Spa, first donated conservation easements on 850 acres to the Vermont Land Trust & The Nature Conservancy of Vermont in 1993.  As additional 64 acres of conserved lands were placed under the protection of the Vermont Land Trust in 2006.  The Equinox Preservation Trust was formed in 1996 to oversee the management of these protected lands.

Private land surrounds the Preserve and several trails cross through privately owned acres.  Only through individual landowners generosity are the EPT trails allowed to cross their lands.  Please respect the rights of these landowners, do not litter, and stay on the marked trails.

For further information, please visit
www.equinoxpreservationtrust.org"

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