Hell Brook (Mt. Mansfield) Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jeffersonville, VT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until November.
The Hell Brook trail is a fun and challenging route to 'The Chin' of Mount Mansfield (The Summit). This is the shortest and steepest but also most technically difficult route to the summit. The trail is mostly large rocks and is usually wet. This route is considerably less busy than the popular Long Trail, which also makes it nice.
Fun hike, loved it!!!!!!!
Loved this trail!!! It was tough but was the best one I've done yet, love that you get to climb rocks ☺️
Loved this trail!
Awesome trail! I saw someone posted this trail was dog friendly so I brought my two pups. If your dog is half-mountain goat this trial is fine. My pups survived the hike but there was a lot of steep open rock face which was very difficult for my dogs to get traction on. At one point my pup slipped and almost went off part of the mountain. It was tons and tons of fun, but I would be hesitant to bring them again.
Did it in the rain and I would do it again! Steep all the way up definitely required some planned movements. The summit was beautiful slick rock and as it was raining we were in the clouds with no view but still breathtaking !
I am so happy I completed this hike. It was challenging but so fulfilling of an accomplishment. The views were absolutely gorgeous all the way up and back. This trail not for the mild hiker, but fantastic for the adventurous hiker. When you get to the top can see everything. I would do again when I get back to Vermont.
Called "hell brook" for a reason...
Very challenging but a good experience for experts
Short trail - has nice waterfalls along the climb. Dog friendly.
I did this one a few years ago, what a ruck it was. I was not as prepared as I should have been but it was fun all the same.
Knowing that Mt. Mansfield is the highest peak and Vermont and that Hellbrook was often considered the hardest way up didn't phase me and my brother from deciding to try it. We only had one day to do it, and the forecast was rain.
Starting off we encountered a decent grade that kept us breathing heavy and ascending slowly. Many parts of the trail were either mud or running water, so wearing waterproof boots was a necessity. As we continued onward, we encountered many challenging and dangerous rock climbs. These were especially technical because of the rainfall, fortunately there wasn't a lot of algae or moss to slip on though. Climbing Hellbrook is definitely a full body exercise, with many obstacles that require getting yourself muddy, scratched, and exhausted.
Often we'd find ourselves in disbelief as we spotted the trail marker up the mountain, with an alpine stream pouring down at us. Oh yeah, and that's the way you need to go! It took me a minute to realize why this trail is called Hell Brook.
The final ascent to the chin was also a notably technical rock scramble. Once at the top, the views were amazing and the hard work was validated. The temperature was easily 15 degrees cooler with gusty winds, so packing a jacket was critical to enjoying our time at the top.
Hell Brook Trail definitely was challenging. Make sure you wear waterproof hiking boots and protective clothing such as long pants and a long sleeved shirt. This hike is a mind and full body workout. Bring plenty of water and a snack. You must be sure footed and in good physical shape. Treacherous at times, very steep, and slippery especially because you must cross multiple streams. I would call this trail more of a rock climbing trail than a hiking trail. My husband and I traveled about 3 miles up when we reached Hells Cut Off Trail. It started raining, so, we thought it was best to turn back and follow the exact trail down we just climbed. Wow! It was just as difficult hiking down as it was hiking up. I only recommend this trail for the adventurous and extremely experienced hiker. Great workout and the waterfalls were lovely!
Unfortunately, before I set off my hiking buddies on this trail, I didn't read that it was the steepest and the most technically difficult route to the summit. Although the name HELL BROOK should have given me an idea :) Well, we got there pretty fast, before the group that abandoned us at the campsite :) and I have to say that going down the route they took up - I was really happy I didn't have to take on the way up. I guess EASY has many definitions. Nevertheless, if I was to choose the trail next time I would still pick the Hell Brook trail. The views at the top were magnificent which is so rewarding after any difficult hike. But, it is not a long hike and there is plenty of time to hit the local breweries if you find yourself in this area for the October Fest ... Like we did :)