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Snow and ice and open water, relatively easy with trax on boots

beautiful day for a hike. Definitely need yak tracks. the view at the top was spectacular today!!

Awesone view :)

I Hiked 11-7 it was raining in the early am. Then it turned beautiful. It was Diwali and my wife put Tilak on my far head to help guide my way. I went the easy way and followed the Burrows Trail. A little challenging at the very top. But this is very doable. Fantastic view. Saw like further then I could believe. ONE MAN GATHERS WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.

I went Monday 11-5 Lots of ice. Then when I got to the white rock trail it was a ton of snow Many of the markings are on the rocks So I could not see them but it seemed pretty obvious as to where you need to go. Very windy at the top but a fantastic view. ONE MAN GATHERS WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.

11/10/18 Nice hike, easy to follow, well marked trail. We went after a couple days of rain so it was pretty wet and muddy. By the time we got back to the parking lot our hiking shoes were soaked. Waterfall was worth it!

Absolutely beautiful hike, it can get intense at some points closer to the pinnacle but it’s worth every bit. Best time to go is the first week of October.

hiking
11 days ago

PLEASE WEAR WATERPROOF BOOTS!!! Due to all the rain a good quarter to half mile of the trail is under several inches of water and there is significant mud.

Loved this trail! Views from the top (and middle) are beautiful and worth the semi-challenging trail. Additional fun: Two local golden retrievers with bells and tags met us at the bottom and took us all the way to the top, no owners. We learned from some locals on the trail that these amazing pups have been on that trail for years and are sweet and brave, which we found out!

hiking
17 days ago

just hiked to the falls with our dog. he did great and the falls were incredible. a little mud, running and standing water on the trail. well worth it for the view.

Beautiful sites at the top. Definitely a challenging incline. Could be done in a few hours. Overall very fun.

20 days ago

I did today 10-30. Lots of ice at the beginning then snow. It was windy. Very windy. From bottom of notch road by the new Boardwalk on Stowe side I started there so w the up and down and back to my car 4 hours. only one sketchy spot at the very beginning of actual trail. I used poles and my Yaktrax. I always use poles. Some deep snow around the pond area in some spots. Very fun hike today. I saw no one. ONE MAN GATHERS WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike with an amazing view. Very popular so the top may be hard to find privacy.

trail running
25 days ago

Trail is well maintained and the entire section is very runnable, with a few water crossings to refresh your feet (nothing better than ice cold Vermont water).
Towards the bottom there is one very cool section under a canopy of evergreen trees with an almost level dirt path which makes for a quite scenic "trail road."
Path gets a bit rockier as you ascend a few switchbacks.
I went during a cold and rainy day so once I got high enough, the rain turned to snow, which added to the ambience.
When I got to the trail junction about 1.75 miles or so in, I read the sign as "falls" straight ahead and the other insignia as towards the right (descent). This was incorrect. The falls are actually down to the right.
Anyway, I kept climbing (toward Bourn pond) and this section of trail wasn't maintained.
It was very wet, muddy, single track and with tons of down / decaying trees blocking the path. This felt like more of a Bushwhack. I kept going about another half mile or so to a large stream crossing, which I incorrectly assumed was Lye Brook falls.
In actuality, I believe this was the higher section of rocky brook that feeds the falls below.
Regardless, next time I return, I'll make sure to turn right at the junction!

This was a great trail! our dog enjoyed the trail as well, we kept her close near the falls since we didn't trust her to stay out of the water. The trail was absolutely gorgeous. Its uphill the whole way to the falls, but the way back goes much faster

Great hike, was windy and snowing-the shelter made for a nice place to get out of the wind to have a snack and a rest before heading back. The trail is well marked and easy to navigate. There were some beginning patches of ice right at the ledge where the ladder is, so tread easy!

Easy, short walk with beautiful falls at the end.

Excellent hike and view!!

Gorgeous hike but with snow and freezing weather (oct 18) the trail almost entirely iced over and was extremely slippery. Completed in just under an hour and a half. Would have been much quicker in warmer conditions or with crampons.
The lake is gorgeous and sooo serene.

Awesome

Really nice day hike. The bottom half is fairly gradual through some beautiful forests, then the second half gets more rocky, steep and technical. Nothing seriously dangerous, but it makes for great views and some fun scrambling. I took the dog, and she made it up just fine without much help, but older dogs may have trouble.

Got to be in pretty good shape !!! Not a beginners trail!!! Great hike !!!

One of my favorite hikes in VT! The first half is easy. The second half not so easy! Amazing views at the top!

Beautiful views

Did the loop on October 12 but got started a bit late so took the Halfway House Trail to get up to the Canyons Trail and then eventually met up with the Long Trail to make it to the chin and back down via the Sunset Ridge Trail.

Halfway House was very very steep but offered some pretty views of the valley, especially with the foliage. The Canyons Trail included a lot of rock scrambling but offered some shelter from the wind on the ridge. Also great views on this section. Once we got to the Long Trail, the views were incredible because you get up above the treeline on to the ridge and you can really see the summit, the valley and stowe ski resort. Unfortunately we had a lot of fierce wind during our time along the long trail probably from the combination of elevation and quick changing weather.

Once we started descending via the Sunset Ridge Trail, the conditions were much better and we were able to enjoy the views and get some great photos.

Overall a great hike and worth the views. Strenuous because of steep conditions and rock scrambles. Make sure to check the weather and be ready for temperature drops and wind

hiking
1 month ago

The view on the top was spectacular once the flurries of snow drifted away and the clouds cleared. As for difficulty, I would say this is on the harder side of moderate even though I began at the Stowe Pinnacle Meadow parking lot. Yes, the view is definitely worth the hike up.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for a good work out. I would assume that is a great view of Burlington but the clouds were low when I went. Highly recommend.

1 month ago

Very nice trail. A little rocky definitely moderately rated. My wife and I are amateur hikers and it took us about 3 hours round trip. Totally worth the view though!

Fun hike. Pretty steep in some spots. Great views on top. I continued East on the trail towards Middlesex and circled around to White Rock. This adds a couple miles on to the hike and you basically go down the East side and then back up. Well worth it in my opinion. Views to the East were spectacular. The climb back up to White Rock was challenging and fun. After reaching the top of White Rock you back track a bit and then take the trail heading back North to the Mount Hunger trail. Be prepared for water and mud. Have fun

on Mount Mansfield Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Summary (TLDR): Halfway House up and back in damp, foggy, and cooler conditions took roughly five hours. Challenging hike but very worthwhile.

My girl and I went over the past weekend (10/6) to see all of the wonderful foliage fall colors and the mountain didn't disappoint despite the weather. For our first time up the mountain, the ranger that was assisting in parking cars recommended Halfway House to the Chin, then back down Sunset Ridge. The conditions that day were damp, foggy, very light scattered showers, and windy at the ridgeline. The temperature was between 45-55F.

Halfway House certainly was grueling the whole way up if you aren't used to mountain hiking. The path has great opportunities for photos along the way and is easy to follow. There were two different areas where things were sketchy and both were towards the top. One is a serious rock slope that has very few areas to anchor your feet. We opted on taking a less traveled dirt path to the right of the slope and made it up without facing the troubles we could have encountered. The final dangerous obstacle was a shallow sloping boulder you have to cross that overhangs a cliff to connect with the trail on the other side. There was no going above or below this. I believe the hike up was around three hours.

When we made it to the ridgeline, we broke into the tundra foliage and it was beautiful! The sight was certainly breathtaking regardless of the poor weather conditions. There was still about another hour to the Chin according to other hikers.

We walked about fifteen minutes towards the Chin and ran into a few other hikers coming down from the Chin. They recommended turning back because it was raining pretty good on the summit and gusts were reaching up to and sustaining at 45 mph. I will also add if you are afraid of heights, walking the ridgeline to the Chin is not for the faint of heart. There is a 1000 ft drop to the right that provides for amazing views but will stunt those who may not be comfortable with heights.

To finish out the hike, we made our way back down Halfway House. Overall, we spent about three hours going up, two hours coming back down, and about an hour meandering around and enjoying views at the base and ridgeline. I'm looking forward to going back and experiencing the trails again. I highly recommend it.

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