Mount Mansfield Trail

Underhill, Vermont 5489

Mount Mansfield Trail

Mount Mansfield Trail Professional Guide

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"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."

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AMC's Best Backpacking in New England (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Matt Heid
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"Mount Mansfield’s long alpine spine resembles a human face. He looks upward; the top of his head points south. His features are named promontories—the Forehead, the Nose, the Adam’s Apple—but the Chin juts highest and at 4,393 feet is the tallest point in Vermont. The Long Trail walks across this craggy visage, providing expansive views of the landscape. A series of wild trails run parallel to the ridgeline, offering thrilling explorations through the weathered furrows of Mansfield’s face."
Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Lamphere Roberts
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"The exceptional Sunset Ridge hike to Vermont’s highest summit rises above treeline quickly for vistas, and includes a visit to the remarkable Cantilever Rock."
"A look at gravity-defying Cantilever Rock and then an ascent to the summit of the tallest mountain in Vermont via a dramatic alpine ridge. 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, though they are spread out among a number of different routes along every side of the mountain. A toll road from the Stowe Mountain Resort doubles as a ski trail during the winter. It allows people to drive within a mile of the summit, giving all but the weakest hikers a chance to reach the top."

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9/6/2009
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.
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6/10/2009
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

Underhill
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.8
Distance
2,550 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
Underhill State Park; Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation; Green Mountain Club
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Mansfield
Local Maps

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