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It is a beautiful and open view almost the whole way. It was challenging and at times a little scary for me because of the high and open view to the valley's below. So very worth it!

As a volunteer at Barnes Camp Hiker/Visitor Center on Route 108, right on the Long Trail, when we heard hikers asking for "The Smuggler's Notch Trail" we informed them there was no trail with that name. They quickly said AllTrails said there was. However, once I saw the topo map, we knew the trail is actually a combination of trails including a 2 mile road walk. The actual trails are Sterling Pond Trail, Long Trail and then a road walk, Route 108. However, the Long Trail has been rerouted now (not showing on the AllTrails map, and crosses 108 more south, traveling across a Boardwalk, then beside Barnes Camp. This reroute of the LT adds distance (about 1 mile) to this hike is following the LT. Here is another confusing element: The old LT trail head, from 108, heading north is still open, but it is a new trail (Barnes Camp Loop Trail) and has blue blazes vs. white for LT. It connects with the LT, north after crossing the brook and hiking steeply for .2 mi. If using this trail, this trail map is okay, just be aware, it is NOT all on the LT. And, be aware, if you ask a local what the Smuggler's Notch Trail is, they likely will not have a clue what you are talking about, as this loop is not called that. It is called by the actual trail names.

Hiked this trail again with friends. It’s a fun hike with several options to take side trails!!!

This was such a fun hike. Starts out easy and gets increasingly steeper. It took me less than 2 hours up and back with time to stop for photos. I will definitely return in the Fall.

1.5 hours to Taylor Lodge and back. Great moderate hike, some steep rock steps, good views.

Hiked from the Toll Road parking/visitor center to the Chin. It's a fairly moderate hike with a mix of rock and dirt trail with the occasional board over wet areas. Stay on the trail to preserve the fragile ecosystem. Amazing views out to lake Champlain to the west and the Stowe valley to the east. Porta potties at the visitor center.

A nice hike with opportunities to join up with other trails at the top. It ends at a shelter on the Long Trail. A decent hike to do if you want to get out for awhile and work up a bit of a sweat but you don’t have all day to spend.

Nice shaded rocky trail up to Taylor Lodge. When you get to the lodge take a quick left up to the lookout over the valley for a beautiful view.

trail running
1 month ago

Great loop to get some cool mileage in from Little River State Park.

Yes. Silly signs about private property

We were thankful to the previous reviewer who told us not to give up hope on the public parking at the end of the road. Just when we despaired we were entering a private address, the parking lot appeared on the right. I was glad to have my hiking boots for the wet rocky area. The waterfall and notch were nice and the trail easy to follow. I would have given it another star if it weren't for the first part of the trail that followed the lodge and the seemingly ridiculous amount of signs reminding you that it bordered private property. We did experience bugs, so take the bug spray.

I hiked this trail on Memorial Day starting at the Butler Lodge trailhead taking the Frost Trail along the rocky ridgeline to the foot of Mansfield’s forehead. Instead of descending along the rocky garden trail to follow the loop to Butler Lodge I ascended to the summit @ 3940ft and follows the very steep descent to the Eye at Long trail junction with Wallace cutoff. From there I made it Butler Lodge and followed the Rock Garden trail back to Frost to finish the loop. The views from he summit unfortunate were socked in the clouds and the black flies were terrible. Make sure if you hike this time is year to being plenty of insect repellent and a head net!!

walking
1 month ago

Great walk with beautiful views. Would be very slippery in the rain but if it’s dry this is a very enjoyable 1.5-2 hour walk (at a casual pace).

The Frost trail is a really fantastic hike. Once you approach the top, there aren't just lookouts...but a rolling view to your left that gradually gets more and more expansive as your scale up a ridge line.

ONE WARNING: While the bottom of this trail & the Butler Lodge trail are both dog friendly, the connector between trails is not. There's several steep rock faces that need to be scaled. We took our two dogs and had to physically lift them through several sections to proceed.

I came straight down the gondola path and had to navigate a 20 ft waterfall. Killed my quads.

Did this in February on snowshoes. Lots of snow, beautiful and peaceful. Has a few steeper spots for short periods but always levels out to let you catch breath. No view at top but beautiful wooded surroundings with brook along the way.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Densely forested, with lots of boulders, twists, and turns. There several places to pull off and hike. Unfortunately, there aren’t many long range views, but you should definitely check it out if you’re in the area.

on Smugglers Notch Trail

trail running
5 months ago

Loved it . It was challenging and fun.

Nice trail with some terrific views, we met lots of people hiking or skiing on the trail, also three groups of ice climbers in the notch, nice relaxing day in the notch highly recommend.

Nice winter hike. Snowshoes are probably recommended.

hiking
10 months ago

We hiked this trail to the top and back, it was not 6.4 miles but a little over 8 miles. There was not a clear spot to turn around as the Catamount XC trail goes on for many miles, so we stopped at approximately the top, and we got a little view, but not very much.

It was an enjoyable trail to hike, with beautiful scenery, but does not see much traffic in summer, some areas were not very well marked and 2 different people missed a turn and got lost on the way down. It was wet in places and the footing could be slippery. I would not classify this as a great trail for beginners.

At the top there was a lot of signs of moose activity.

(FYI The reviewer Jesepe A is obviously commenting on a different trail that starts nearby goes up to the Long Trail and back, https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/vermont/nebraska-notch-lake-mansfield-trail, that is not this trail)

Perfect hike! Meandering trail. Lots of ponds, rivers, flowers, moss, trees. I was smiling the whole time. First 1/4 really easy trek, next 1/2 somewhat challenging uphill with rocks, then last 1/4 easy again. No real 'peak' with a view, but still an amazing hike. Would do again.

Moderate. Beautiful. My companions who wore sneakers weren't happy, but I was fine with boots. One steep climb. Ends at Taylor Lodge.

Great, easy hike. It costs $23 per vehicle with one adult and $8 more per adult to go up the road, and the gates at the bottom close at 5PM. Beautiful views, almost all over rocks. If you're afraid of heights the drive may be hard for you as you get closer to the visitors center, and there are parts of the path that may be hard too.

Pretty easy hike. Take the toll road up to the summit and then hike to the chin.
The hike itself was very pretty where you can see the lake Champlain on side and the presidential range on the other side. You are hiking on rocks all the way through, which could get difficult if the rocks are slippery. Overall a great experience. Must do if you are in Stowe. keep in mind that you will need to pay a pretty handsome amount to get on the toll road. Also make sure to get there early since they get full pretty quickly.

Easy hike with good views

Nice on a rainy day, the falls were particulary great.

Hiked this on 9/2/17 - Saturday. Normally, we don't hike on weekends due to the number of people, but it was a gorgeous day so we took a chance. This is a good, but hard hike. It definitely got the heart pumping. Not a particularly kind trail underfoot, as you have to consistently watch your step. Toward the top, there is some hand over hand, narrow rock scrambling that has to be done about the last 1/3 mile. For those afraid of heights this could be an issue. I can't say it's the worst I've ever been on and I have been known to freeze-up on a high, narrow precipice. Made it to the top and it was well worth the effort! My muscles definitely knew they had been worked the next day. NOW, my complaint. PEOPLE LEASH YOUR DOGS. #1, it is dangerous to others and your dog to have an unleashed animal...i DON'T CARE HOW WELL BEHAVED YOU THINK THEY ARE! #2, IT IS RUDE! NOT EVERYONE IS A DOG FAN having your furry friend who just played in a mud puddle suddenly think I'm their best friend. This does not endear me to you! #3, take water for your pet. Backpackers, rely on that creek water for drinking. Keep your dog out of it. #4, If your dog isn't a "hiker", this is not a trail to start them on. There are some very steep places and some your dog may be afraid to go up or down. Please don't take 15 minutes trying to coax your dog up or down when people are lining up waiting on narrow parts to get by then expect everyone to clap because your dog did a good job! There is a leash rule on this hike. It is for everyone's safety. Please be considerate and obey it. Out of the 10 or so dogs on the trail on this day that we saw only 1 was on leash.

hiking
11 months ago

The majority of the trail is wide ,mostly flat, logging road in
the shade. Only About 20 percent of it is elevated . It's really a great walk through the woods crossing brooks . I did not see a lake as mentioned in the bio above . There is not a summit . The length is probably why it's rated moderate . Dogs seem to do great on this trail . Park at the last parking lot on the left by the red gate if you want to park near the start of the trail . It is a loop , so when you start you can go straight behind the red gate or go left of the red gate . We went left to start and most of the elevation was done on the first few miles .

Good hike for older kids. My 5 years old girl struggled a little bit. Well marked. The view of the lake and the waterfall (Small one) was very nice.

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