The Long Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stowe, VT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Great hike. I'd definitely do it again!
I love how a 282 Mile long hike gets condensed into 3.9 Mile loop that includes the Profanity trail poor weather bypass. Regardless this is a great hike if you like constant elevation change. There may be 300feet of flat section throughout the whole trail. The last 0.3 miles is consistently a class 1 or 2 scramble. I would only bring one water bottle as taft lodge is only 0.6 miles from the top and theres a stream along the vast majority of the rest of the trail. Even at the top theres bound to be a few puddle from cloud moisture or rain. The views are amazing if you grt lucky with little clouds. Dont be fooled if at the base its clear doesnt mean the peaks going to be just as nice.
Amazing views the entire time; not good if you don't like heights!
This is a difficult trail at times - very steep and near the edges of cliffs (small footing at times) but a great hike! Take water and snacks, you may need more than what you think.
Very challenging but beautiful trail. It is worth the effort.
Great hike! My wife and I did this yesterday. Very challenging near the top definitely not for the inexperienced hiker.
We did this yesterday. Check before you go up, the gondola does not always run. Agree with previous post.. The last section above the tree line is rocky and challenging. We went back down the same way we came up from 108 to Taft lodge and long trail. If the rock face is too challenging you can take the bad weather profanity bypass... An option if you don't want to come down the same way you went up. Good hiking boots were especially useful. I regret not wearing double socks. Water and snacks a must. Some people sleep at Taft lodge. Get an early start so you don't run out of sunshine. You don't want to get stuck on this trail in the dark. The descent is a bit tough on the legs and slow if the trail is wet and slippery. Great hike, but unfortunately, it attracts some hikers that take themselves a bit too seriously. Thankfully, we did not injure ourselves but we did see someone with a small bleeding cut on her leg on the way down. A first aid kit would be prudent. There are jagged rocks and some slippery spots especially when the trail is wet.
Ascended to the Chin via the Long Trail South entrance just north of Stowe's ski trails, passed by the Taft Lodge and continued via the Long Trail. At some point there's a bad weather bypass (Profanity Trail), right before you get above the tree line (arctic zone). The last part climbing over rocks is quite difficult and not for the faint of heart. Given my small stature, some passages proved to be hard to reach. The views at the summit are a huge payback. Simply gorgeous, sweeping views as far as the eyes can see. From the Chin we proceeded to the Nose via the Long Trail and descended via the Haselton trail to the gondola, which brings you back to Route 108 about 1 mile south of the parking lot.
There are many access points throughout Vermont as it runs its whole length,south to north.I backpacked with several of my Johnson State College friends from Smuggler's
Notch, accessing at the Long Trail South entrance.We particularly enjoyed the breath-taking views of Vermont's Green Mountains and as far as the Adirondack Mountains to the west. Along the trail,above the tree-line were short contorted -shaped evergreens shaped by the harsh mountain elements as well as grassy spots and lichen typical among rocky topped high peaks.We hiked the trail to Taft Lodge where we stayed for a night.Taft Lodge is the oldest one on the Long Trail and has unfortunately been overused and really is intended for through hiking not day hiking .We did the hike in the fall on a clear night and there was a thick cloud-like mist.The next day we proceeded on the trail to mount Madonna's steep ski slope where we descended till we ended up on Rt.108 and back to our cars.Though the ski slope seemed the easier softer way for beat hikers it was not in the least an easy trek.See smuggs.com link and click on Mount Mansfield East. and topographic map pdf for more info.