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16 days ago

Fun hike! I will definitely be going back

Nice trail!

hiking
23 days ago

Fun hike. Pretty steep all the way through, the view is worth it though. I would strongly suggest bringing a good amount of water on this hike, and the right equipment. A fire tower at the pinnacle is great for pictures and instagram photos.

12/13/18 - Honestly not a difficult hike at all. The hardest part was the fact that I didn’t have spikes on while going through the packed snow. Any person who is at least somewhat active can complete this hike with ease (as long as they don’t forget their traction like me! Ha!) I’m a pretty fast hiker but even without spikes I did the whole loop to Camel’s hump and back in 2 and a half hours with about 25-30 minutes at the top when I met another person and chatted with him a bit while we shared the view. Very windy though only lasted about 5 minutes at the summit and spent the other 20 minutes just below where we were protected from the wind. I would rate this trail as easy to moderate depending on your baseline fitness level. I’m pretty active so for me it was easy but for those who aren’t very active it’s probably moderate with some slightly challenging spots at the top. It’s a steady incline the whole way up and gets slightly steeper the last mile or so. Views were worth it for sure.

Awesone view :)

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.

2 months ago

I did this today. 28 degrees rain Iicey snow sleet precipitation. Some really sketchy spots at the very top just before the fire tower. Lots of very thick ice. Danger Will Robinson The fire tower was covered in ice. Probably not a good move on my part and ; coming down was freeking treacherous Whole thing took about 2.25 hours. ONE MAN GATHERS WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.

October 25 18 - some snow on the trail which made it a little slippery but doable. Our first time on the trail and it was very well marked with blue paint. Highly recommend driving past the "Trout club private property" signs until the end of the road. There is a public parking lot for the hiking trail.

Absolutely beautiful views. The trail did get challenging about halfway up as we reached the pine forest area. It was rather slippery with ice and snow in the 34 degree weather, and the wind was very strong on the summit. Would do it again in a heartbeat though, wish it wasn’t so cold and could have enjoyed the view a little longer.

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

Good for locals needing a quick walk. Otherwise just a field next to a highway. Drove out here on vacation hoping to get a pretty and short morning walk in.

Beautiful views

3 months ago

Please note... For parking if you see the "Private Property" sign, keep going. The Trout Club has signs up everywhere, but you can bypass the sign to park. We did not, parked in the lower lot and walked 1 mile to the trail head.
The hike was pretty easy for the first mile or so and it became a steady increase in incline. Lots of beautiful sights. Plenty of brooks for my dog to drink from. There is a nice waterfall before you get to the lodge. The view is not awesome at the lodge, but do they fret -- walk out and up a tiny bit for a beautiful sight! There's a map at the lodge. The trail marked with no milage, follow it!
Our friends 10 year old daughter came and had no issues!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Started out around 1030 am and finished after 2pm, all at a casual pace with our dog. Coming down the Fire Tower Trail was a little dicey for the dog with all the mud, but we all enjoyed it!

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

Arrived at 9:30 went up counterclockwise like the sign recommends. Very good views. Was wet so rick was slippery. Summit had some snow and ice. Met the masses at the top. Dogs, kids, and lots of people. Went down burgess trail. Muddy with scores of people coming up. Very pretty but try to do mid week or get there early. We were amazed at how many people were parked along road. Total time -3 hours 15 minutes.

Tough hike with amazing views. Worth the payoff. Took us about 5.5 hours total but we took our time going relatively slower than a steady up-beat pace. The park ranger recommended we go up Laura Cowles and down Sunset Ridge, as even advanced hikers have a hard time coming down LC, and I’m very glad we followed his direction. I highly recommend doing the same.

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
3 months 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.

What a beautiful hike

hiking
3 months ago

my very first hike. tough but worth it.

on Mill Trail

3 months ago

Easy walk to beautiful Bingham Falls and beyond. Not very trafficked even on Columbus Day Weekend.

Sweet trail, easy start, a section of steeper trail, but not bad. Some nice waterfalls along the way. There was a pretty heavy fog up top today, it made for a beautiful hike with the mix of fog and fall foliage. Taylor Lodge was the perfect place to stop and have a snack before heading back down!

Cliff trail is slippery when wet! Combo of steep sections and wet rocks were scary, and our 10-year-old daughter slid down one section, even though she was sitting down. If it is wet, give it plenty of time to go down slow! Can't speak to views, as it was very cloudy, but glad we made it to the gondola OK!

Very rewarding hike! Challenging going up but not too bad going down. The view at the top is worth it (even with the fog!) Took us 3 hours 45 minutes total. The waterfall is about 1/4 of the way into the hike. The top of the mountain is very spacious- tons of room to spread out and eat/rest.

Been doing this trail my whole life, is a must-hike for anyone within reasonable distance. Best views in the state. Challenging enough but did it with my 18lb terrier this year not to mention a whole elementary was going up as I was going down. So don’t be intimidated by the “hard” rating

Loved this hike! Went up the Halfway House Trail to Long Trail then down Sunset Ridge. Long Trail was along the ridge so the views were incredible. The hike wasn't that hard. It was perfect fall hiking weather (~55 degrees) and it was pretty crowded at the top. The views from the top were incredible!!!

This hike provided some amazing views at the Fire Tower-panoramic views that were some of the best I’ve seen. My husband and I did this hike on a Saturday and saw lots of people so I would recommend going during the week. There were several parts where we had to let people go up or down-including small children and adults with infants. It is steep going up but not overly so and only a few tricky parts. I recommend going up Fire Tower trail and down Ridgeline as others have stated-longer that way but not as tricky. But the view on The Fire Tower is amazing and there are several other nice viewing spots.

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