Looking for a great trail in Underhill State Park, Vermont? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 7 hard trails in Underhill State Park ranging from 3.5 to 7.3 miles and from 1,053 to 4,389 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Maple Ridge Trail was fun but challenging. Not recommended for beginners or those who fear heights. Be prepared to do 6-8 sections where you need to utilize toe/hand holes to scale sloped (20-25ft) granite faces. As others have stated, do not attempt if surfaces are wet...you will get hurt. I did this hike counterclockwise as ascending MRT seemed safer than trying to come down it. The Sunset Ridge Trail was fun...some minor climbing involved but nothing too serious. I recommend taking the slight detour to check out Cantilever Rock.

Hiked up Laura and came down Sunset. Laura is challenging but not extreme. Lots of wet spots, but no snow. Very interesting hike. Will need to hike on all fours on several sections. Totally worth it!

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bugs
rocky
7 days ago

It’s a nice technical trail. Great view after treelines and super windy at Chin. Trail is well maintained but be ready for bugs. Took us 5hrs. They charge 4$ per person and offer a map, cold water and a toilet.

hiking
bugs
scramble
8 days ago

My 50 lb lab mix and I did the loop counterclockwise to summit Mansfield Forehead, Nose, and Chin starting at 0430. My dog has done 30 of the NH 4000 footers, but the 5 ft chasm on Maple Ridge gave him pause. There was no way I could carry or hoist him across. Finally, after about 10 minutes of hesitation, as I hiked a short distance ahead and left him to his own devices, he was able to jump across. Fun rock scrambles up to Forehead. Windy along the ridge but sunny and clear skies. I was a little cold and wish I had brought pants to layer up. One small patch of snow on the way to the Nose which my dog enjoyed digging and stuffing his face into. Had the summit of the Chin all to myself. There was very little wind by that time. Descending Sunset Ridge at 830 I began to see hikers heading up. Took a detour to Cantilever Rock. Donned my headnet at about 2600 feet. Would not want to attempt this hike in wet or windy weather because of the large portion of the trail is exposed steep rock and above treeline.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
11 days ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

do this several times a year.

Lots of snow still on the Laura Cowles trail, very muddy and wet, trail is essentially a stream. Sunset ridge trail is almost completely clear.

Super fun and somewhat challenging hike! We hiked the Sunset Ridge Trail up to the summit and the trail was cleared, so we were rewarded quickly with some nice views. I definitely recommend this trail. It is also very well marked :) We did this hike on May 9th. I was surprised to find the trail not very muddy as it was the spring season. There was also some sections covered in snow above 1250m on Sunset Ridge and above 800m on Laura Cowles. Sunset Ridge Trail was very safe for spring season. Laura Cowles Trail was much harder to use (we used it on the way down). It was a bit slippery and dangerous at time. We still managed to go down in about 1h45 and my partner has almost no hiking experience and is in average shape. We didn't use any spikes. We hiked about 4 hours in total.

Lots of snow going down. Treacherous goings

Long trail coming down was still very snowy and icy, would recommend sticking to sunset ridge this early in the season.

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snow
1 month ago

Laura up or down is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS during snow melt. State park should seriously consider closing it for the melt season. It took us 3 1/2 hours to 'climb' down and we are in decent shape. Our dog was scared most of the time and we had to help and guide him. Huge holes with a river flow underneath, tuns of snow... quite the challenge and no fun.

Did this hike on April 6th. Went up Sunset Ridge and down Laura Cowles. Still about 3 to 4 feet of snow but it is hard packed and covered in ice. It looked like some brave sole bare-booted it up to the rock recently and post-holed the entire way. Bravo good sir. Trail markers are tough and sometimes impossible to see on the ridge so use your GPS. Not any views on the summit as it was in a cloud with 30-40mph winds. Slid the entire way down laura cowles.. I wouldnt attempt going up this way until the snow melts. Beautiful hike when its clear, snowshoes not needed but having them just in case wouldn't hurt.. crampons are a must.

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over grown
snow
2 months ago

Snowpacked. Spikes needed, snowshoes not needed

Did the hike on the 9th of March. Up Laura down Sunset. Beautiful hike. Word of caution. Be prepared on the way up for everything. Snow is deep and soft in places. Other places icy and slick. Glad I brought both shoes and micro spikes. Views from the top worth the effort.

miss this state

skiing
3 months ago

Nice trail. Steep in some sections, would have been easier with more snow cover. The path up is the same as the ski down, so it was very clear and a bit icy at times (made the climb more difficult). However this is a beautiful place for some decently challenging back country skiing!

Completed this trail loop on February 23rd. Laura Cowles was difficult due to the deep snow, steep incline, and low lying tree branches. Sunset Ridge was an easier hike with great views the whole way down.

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snow
3 months ago

Awesome hike, awesome views, if you keep going you’ll hit the summit. Stay on the trail on way back down I’d say.

skiing
snow
3 months ago

Nice trail!

I've taken this route to Mansfield's summit twice, most recently in early October 2018, and I would definitely do it again. I wouldn't consider this hard, it's more of a moderate trail. Taking Hellbrook or even the scrambles at the top of the Long Trail are much more difficult. This is an incredibly rewarding trail with amazing views for nearly the entire upper half! Highly recommend.

Did this a few weeks ago in the rain. Very slippery and the most crowded trail I have ever seen. Probably pretty easy if it was dry.

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

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

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