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Underhill is within Vermont's 34,000-acre Mt. Mansfield State Forest. On the headwaters of the Brown's River, at about 2,000 feet elevation, the park lies on the west slope of 4,300 feet Mt. Mansfield, the state's highest peak. Just over the summit ridge is the Stowe ski area, one of North America's original ski resorts. The elevation and corresponding exposure to harsh climatic conditions have resulted in some relatively unusual vegetation types along the mountain's summit ridge. The low, stunted-plants found in the alpine tundra near the summit, very rare in New England, are more typical of types found on broad expanses of Arctic tundra a thousand miles farther north. These plants are fragile (if you hike to the summit, please stay on marked trails.) The park includes a log picnic shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC, a nationwide public works program created during the great economic depression of the 1930s to provide jobs and training for thousands of unemployed. Many state and national parks trace their origins to the CCC era. In addition, the park contains a small campground, picnic grounds, and a group camping area. The campground has a restroom facility with flush toilets and cold running water, but no showers. Due to the parks hillside nature, it is not suitable for RVs or trailers. All campsites are walk-in. This off-grid park uses solar power for office functions, and to operate the water system. The group camping area consists of a small level field with 9 lean-to shelters, a 0.8 mile moderate walk uphill from the main campground. There is a pit toilet that serves the group area. The park is probably best known for its hiking. There are four trails to the summit ridge of Mt. Mansfield from Underhill State Park. Walking up the gated road from the park headquarters, the trails begin branching off shortly above the group camp area. The Sunset Ridge Trail, 3 miles to the summit, is the most popular. Vermonts Long Trail traverses the summit ridge and, with several trails from the other side of the mountain, many loops are possible. Hiking information and trail maps are available at the park headquarters. The upper camp area, about 3/4 of a mile above the ranger station, has 9 lean-to sites and is reserved for organized group use. In the lower camp area, around the ranger station, are 11 tent sites and 6 lean-to sites. There are cold water and flush toilets in the rest rooms, but no showers. Because campers park in the lot and cannot drive the last several yards to their campsites, this park is not recommended for RV or tent-trailer campers. There is a large log picnic shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s for group functions.

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5 days ago

Great hike, took the Laura Crowles trail to the top, came down the Sunset Ridge trail. Trail was wet going up, but was clearly marked and fun to climb. Will certainly climb again.

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10 days ago

Not too shabby. Absolutely beautiful views at the top! Spent about an hour at the summit just taking everything in along with a snack. On the way up, definitely recommend the ever so slight detour to see Cantilever Rock.

one of my favorite trails in vermont. expect to see people alot.

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

Superb trail from Lincoln Gap to Mt. Abraham. Long stretch of near alpine coniferous woods ground covered completely by mosses. 360° views from the top are stunning and varied (undeveloped land/forests to the south with beautiful mountain ridges; Lake Champlain in the distance to the west with the Adirondacks beyond; scattered farms to east and west with mire wood and mountains extending north). Best hike EVER in the East with good general trail condition with enough elevation gain and climbing across rock slabs to provide an excellent degree of exercise. HARD TO BEAT THIS ONE.!

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12 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in the area. The trail itself was pretty well defined, the steep section has rock steps to help with the ascent. I would not recommend this for inexperienced hikers. I was able to reach the pond in 2.5 hours. Sterling pond is an absolutely beautiful spot, worth every step. If you like big hikes, I would recommend continuing up The Long Trail to the summit of Mount Madonna (top of smugglers notch). The Long Trail beyond the pond is very difficult, but if you are an experienced hiker and can handle the trail, you will be greeted with amazing views at the summit.

Up and down on August 3 by Sunset Ridge Trail. Strenuous trail with several scrambling moves. Beautiful views and rock above treeline. Sunscreen, water, and sturdy shoes or boots a must. Took this 51-year-old 3 hrs and 45 minutes to summit and 3 hrs to descend again to Underhill State Park lot. Highly recommended day hike.

Very challenging but really cool hike! The climb up was exhausting but the views at the top were worth it. The round trip took five and a half hours for my girlfriend and I - not experienced hikers but in good shape. Not sure how other people managed it in 1.5 hours! Avoid going if it's raining, there are lots of steep rock scrambles that would be very tricky if they were wet.

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13 days ago

One of our favorite hikes in the region. If you're staying at Smuggs, go on to the top of Sterling and down the lift line, or stay on the Long Trail to the top of Madonna, and come down Chilcoot. Makes for a long day, but a great hike!