From the end of West Union Street in Manchester, Vermont there is a parking area on the right side of the road. You will see a red gate that indicates the start of the trail. Hike on the Red Gate Trail until you come to the 2nd junction with the Blue Summit Trail. Vear right to take the Blue Summit Trail. Hike this entire trail until you reach the summit of Equinox Mountain. This is a steep and strenuous trail. More than half of it is loose rocks, so be careful. About halfway between the summit and the parking lot is a spur trail for a spring. There is a wooden bench where the spur trail starts. (It is just a big pipe with water flowing out of it.) If you wish to get a great view of the town of Manchester, hike to Lookout Rock, which is roughly 0.50 miles.