Mount Mansfield-Sunset Ridge Trail

Jericho, Vermont 5465

Mount Mansfield-Sunset Ridge Trail

Mount Mansfield-Sunset Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A classic ascent of a rocky ridge to the highest peak in Vermont."

Mount Mansfield-Sunset Ridge Trail Reviews

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7/20/2018
We hiked Sunset Ridge to Mount Mansfield, which stayed in the alpine zone for more than half the way up. The trail is steep and challenging--but so fun! On the way up we were able to enjoy wonderful views of the Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and Camels Hump. The summit of Mansfield Mountain has phenomenal views of Big Jay, Smugglers Notch, the White Mountains, and more.
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7/25/2009
Real nice trail...but it fools you with false summits which can make if tun....have good hiking boots, especially because it can be wet and slippery, especially going down... and this trail is long, and it never lets up as far as climbing. No level 'breaks' on this trail! Getting to the top requires some serious stamina; but if you cant make the top, there are plenty of vista points above the treeline. Clouds roll in and out fast, so be patient and the good views will be there. Overall an excellent, moderate to strenous trail!
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12/1/2007
Trail was in good condition. We had great weather (Dec. 1) as there was no wind and it was about 5-10 degrees. There was packed snow the majority of the way up so those hiking in just boots should be okay for about 2/3 of the trail. Will hike again in a few months, maybe even camp for a few days.
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8/25/2007
Very nice trail! The view was exceptionnal and the trail not too difficult. We also take the north way on the summit, this way are tought! The montain was great, we have a good time. Stephane, www.modexp.ca
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9/20/2006
Nice trail, though I agree that it is well travelled and worn. Challenging incline with rewarding vistas. The visibility at the top wasn't great that day. We encountered some hail and fog up there. The next day we climbed the nearby Forehead peak. The Wampahoofus trail leading to that peak was full of exciting boulder climbs with a final sheer, windy scramble to the top. Highly recommended.
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8/14/2006
Sunset ridge is a nice trail, but very heavily traversed. We hiked along the ridge to the "forehead" and then decended by Maple Ridge. This trail was far nicer than Sunset, quite long and steep in parts, some sheer scrambling which would be tough when wet, but was really nice on a clear day. The views along the ridge from the chin to the forehead are spectacular, but watch out for the high winds and cold air. A very nice day hike.
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8/31/2004
Hiking on Mansfield is always great. Although the weather wasn't perfect, we had some wonderful views at the summit. Only caution I give, if the trails are wet, watch your footing, we came down Profanity Trail and the trail lived up to its name that day!
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3/12/2003
A climb that is enjoyable under the late August sun or in the cold winds of January. Enjoy the beautiful views from atop VT's highest peak and play around on the nose and chin of Old Man Mansfield. The vegitation is beautiful, be careful not to disturb it. I highly recommend the Profanity trail which leads to Taft Lodge, an excellent overnight option. No swearing on the Profanity, however!
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1/15/2003
Even more amazing, and often treacerous, in winter. Most motels and inns in Stowe provide free snowshoes. I busted mine just under the summit. The night I spent in Taft Lodge (-15) was the coldest of my life, but the nighttime views of the valley and toward Mt. Washington are amazing.
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10/17/2001
I've climbed Mansfield from three different trailheads and this one was the craziest climb that I've had yet. Started out from my home in Morrisville (about 12 miles from the trail) and it was @70 degrees out. Climbed the trail to Mansfield through thickening clounds (a natural trend on Mansfield). When we got above treeline, the wind picked up. Began blowing approximately 70mph on the exposed jaunt up to the summit. By the time we reached the turn off for the Stowe gondola, I'm guessing it had peaked at around 80mph. Continued onto the summit through clouds and snow (remember, it was 70 degrees at the base of the mountain). Had to crawl to the summit while being pelted with 100mph winds, hail, and snow. Could hear my father on the summit unless I put my ear next to his mouth while he was screaming. All he said was "let's get the #@ck out of here!" One of the most exhilarating days of hiking that I have ever had. No views on this trip, but it was incredible nonetheless.
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Trail Information

Jericho
Nearby City
6.6
Distance
2,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, District Ill, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452; (802) 479-3241
Local Contacts
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Oct 2018