Mount Mansfield via the Long Trail–South

Smugglers' Notch, Vermont

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Steady, steep climb past Taft Lodge, with magnificent views and fun rocky scrambles on the way to the top of the tallest peak in Vermont. This hike sounds easy due to its low mileage, but don’t be fooled. It climbs 2,800 vertical feet in only 2.3 miles. You should be comfortable scrambling up multiple short rock chimneys and ledgy areas before taking on this one. Save it for a dry day, as the upper part of the hike can be treacherous if the rocks are wet and the summit ridge is completely exposed to the weather. That said, the top of Mount Mansfield is the top of Vermont, with views stretching into neighboring New Hampshire, New York, and Quebec on a clear day. This route is the most popular way to hike to the summit from the Stowe side of the mountain. Take the LT–South (white blazes) into the woods.

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"Steady, steep climb past Taft Lodge, with magnificent views and fun rocky scrambles on the way to the top of the tallest peak in Vermont. This hike sounds easy due to its low mileage, but don’t be fooled. It climbs 2,800 vertical feet in only 2.3 miles. You should be comfortable scrambling up multiple short
rock chimneys and ledgy areas before taking on this one.

Save it for a dry day, as the upper part of the hike can be treacherous if the rocks are wet and the summit ridge is completely exposed to the weather. That said, the top of Mount Mansfield is the top of Vermont, with views stretching into neighboring New Hampshire, New York, and Quebec on a clear day. This route is the most popular way to hike to the summit
from the Stowe side of the mountain. Take the LT–South (white blazes) into the woods."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Smugglers' Notch
Distance: 4.6
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Underhill State Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Mansfield Quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Mansfield via the Long Trail–South

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May 2018