Mount Mansfield Trail

Underhill, Vermont 5489

Mount Mansfield Trail

Mount Mansfield Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Just the fact that Mount Mansfield is the tallest peak in Vermont makes it a magnet for hikers. About 40,000 people make it to the top of this landmark each year, so it is wisest to take your turn midweek, especially if you are hiking with a dog.

Viewed from the east or west, 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 Adam’s Apple. The Chin, at 4393 feet, is the true summit."

Mount Mansfield Trail Reviews

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Arrived to Underhill State Park without reservation late the night before, no good idea on Labor Day Weekend! 6am started up on Sunset Ridge Trail to The Chin, a nice and evenly steep climb with lots of exposure to the West side. Once above treeline a bit chilly in the shade of the mountain. Encountered 3 hikers before reaching the top. Returned on Laura Cowles Trail, mostly under tree cover, many big boulders to descend over. If you have trouble with your knees, better loop around the other direction. Whole hike 4.5 hrs, back before countless greeting-less hikers started out. Seems to be a popular early-morning stint for Burlington students.
We decided to take the Hells Brook Trail, and we certainly were not disappointed! Talk about a rough ascent!! Thankfully the tree roots were always where they had to be in this Eden-esque trail. Luckily we remembered to bring the DEET. Our first opening to the summit views were AWESOME. What a treat to gain a summit with such spectacular views in 4 hours! Once at the summit, we found the Subway and had a grand time scrambling down the back edge of the mount, before returning to rejoin the cliff trail. What a wonderful hike!!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,550 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Best spring through fall
Underhill State Park; Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation; Green Mountain Club
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Mansfield
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018