I climbed Mt Cube in 2001 but that was before they put in the Cross Rivendell trail. The old trail went straight up and past a burned out shelter. The new trail has a long switchback and passes by two new lookouts. It is much improved. The summit is much different, too. You used to have a better view of Lake Morlee, which is now partly blocked, but the overall panorama today seemed much wider and better than in 2001.
I started late at 12:41 PM on the Cross Rivendell trail, which is 2 miles up to the 2909 foot summit. On the way up I met a number of hikers and well behaved hiking dogs. There were flowering bunchberries and one pink ladyslipper. It was partly sunny and about 73 degrees. The bugs were not a significant problem. The lower part of the trail goes through potentially wet areas but since we had a week of dry weather, the mud was all dried up. The map shows the first lookout at the turning point of the big switchback, but actually it is a way beyond that.
By 2:52 PM I was at the top, soaking in the view. I could see Smarts Mtn, Mt Ascutney, Killington, Pico, and Sunday Mtn. There were five mountains off in a row but I can't figure out their names. I could see a big of the Connecticut River down below. While I was on the top I met an AT thru hiker from San Diego with the trail name of "Acorn." He had been hiking with a guy named Cras but unfortunately Cras had fallen behind and Acorn was hoping he would soon catch up. They planned to post their adventures online after the thru hike on a blog called, "The Crazy Adventures of Acorn and Cras." I wandered around the summit a bit and it seemed that some spots had become overgrown since my list visit in 2001. At one point I was able to catch a glimpse of Mt Moosilauke. I left the summit at 3:35 PM.
On the way down I found a small cave in a big boulder that I dubbed "Whale Rock." In my photo you can see the eyes of a critter looking out of the cave. I was back at my car at 5:52 PM. This is a very enjoyable area for a moderately difficult hike.