Mount Mansfield The Forehead via Butler Lodge

Underhill Center, Vermont

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Interesting climb with many ladders and rocky scrambles to the “Forehead” on Mount Mansfield’s summit ridge, then a dramatic descent along an open alpine buttress on the western side of Vermont’s tallest peak. Mount Mansfield is the tallest mountain in Vermont and among the most spectacular to hike. The profile of the 2-mile summit ridge resembles the face of a man looking skyward. The prominent points of the ridge are commonly known from south to north as the Forehead, the Nose, the Upper Lip, the Lower Lip, the Chin, and the Adams Apple. The Chin (4,393 feet) is the true summit. The loop hike described here takes you to the Forehead at the other end of the ridge. Though you will miss the chance to bag the peak, you will not feel disappointed after the invigorating scramble up ladders and ledges and the incredible views to the west during the long descent to tree line. From the trailhead sign in the parking lot, walk up the dirt road to the left.

Mount Mansfield: The Forehead via Butler Lodge Professional Review and Guide

"Interesting climb with many ladders and rocky scrambles to the “Forehead” on Mount Mansfield’s summit ridge, then a dramatic descent along an open alpine buttress on the western side of Vermont’s tallest peak. Mount Mansfield is the tallest mountain in Vermont and among the most spectacular to hike. The profile of the 2-mile summit ridge resembles the face of a man looking skyward. The prominent points of the ridge are commonly known from south to north as the Forehead, the Nose, the Upper Lip, the Lower Lip, the Chin, and the Adams Apple.

The Chin (4,393 feet) is the true summit. The loop hike described here takes you to the Forehead at the other end of the ridge. Though you will miss the chance to bag the peak, you will not feel disappointed after the invigorating scramble
up ladders and ledges and the incredible views to the west during the long descent to tree line. From the trailhead sign in the parking lot, walk up the dirt road to the left."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Underhill Center
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 2,515 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Mount Mansfield Quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Mansfield: The Forehead via Butler Lodge

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May 2018