Mount Mansfield Loop Trail

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Underhill State Park

Mount Mansfield Loop Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Underhill, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,880 feet Route Type: Loop

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Mount Mansfield is the highest peak in the state of Vermont and is located in Chittenden County within the Green Mountains. The hike begins at Underhill State Park off of Mountain Road where there is plenty of parking available in the parking area for a fee of $4/person. Because the park has tent camping, there are bathrooms and potable water available at the trailhead. The hike starts along CCC Road. You will continue on CCC Road until you reach Maple Ridge Trail. Maple Ridge Trail is the most technical part of the hike. Two parts of the Maple Ridge Trail stand out as scariest. One is a rock wall that has only limited grips and toe holds, and a fall off that wall would cause serious harm. The second part is a chasm about six feet deep that you have to leap over. As with climbing the rock wall, there is no margin for error with this leap. You have to commit and then execute properly. The average adult may find it frightening but will be able to do it safely. Because of these two challenging sections, it is not recommend to attempt this hike in bad weather conditions where the rocks would be wet or icy. You will then reach the Long Trail and continue along the Long Trail north, passing the forehead, the nose and northward along the ridgeline to the Chin. From there, you can extend the trip up to Adams Apple or turn around and begin the descent along the Sunset Ridge Trail. The is a great hike to Vermont's highest point that boasts spectacular views once you get to the rocky outcrops on the Maple Ridge Trail and will continue to impress on the Long Trail and for most of the descent on the Sunset Ridge Trail. Mount Mansfield is also one of two places in Vermont where Alpine Tundra can be found.

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5 days ago

Took maple ridge to long to sunset- some packed snow after the forehead but nothing dangerous. Would not go down maple ridge at this time still. It’s very steep and there are some wet spots on the rocks. Beautiful hike along the ridge to the peak. Lots of bugs at the peak today for some reason so I only stayed a few minutes. It’s one of the hardest trails around here with some of the best panoramic views!

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8 days ago

Went up Maple - muddy and a bit slippery until you leave the tree line. Beautiful views in increments as you ascend the rocks. The rock wall mentioned in the trail description was indeed a bit tricky, but manageable. The “chasm leap” was a bit exaggerated - just a good hop over a gully. Mushy snow pack of two feet or so makes the transition challenging across the Long Trail past the Nose towards the Chin (at least for the next couple of weeks). Coming out of the tree line to the Chin is beautiful. Full 360 view at the top - stunning scenery. Sunset trail back down was mostly clear, wet snow only for the first half mile.

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14 days ago

amazing hike. definitely still need poles and i’d recommend spikes. deep snow pockets and hard to follow trail perfectly once you hit the forehead - blazes covered. not much to follow - one set of tracks - didn’t see a single person until i hit the chin. then was left alone at the top of the mountain - stunning. lots of ice, melt, snow on way up and down (went CC to maple to forehead to chin to sunset - wouldn’t recommend the reverse - maple is steep). five and a half hours plus an hour chilling at the chin. hard work though - snow often mid shin / knee deep and twice drifts up to hips. (note: the wall and the gap were totally do-able alone - and if you had a partner w you, even easier.) fantastic.

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15 days ago

Only made it about half way to the summit before hitting some snow/ice drifts that would’ve been reckless to traverse without creepers and poles. Will definitely return!

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Wow très belle montagne. Le niveau de difficulté à rendu notre expérience mémorable. La première moitié fut normale comme les autres montagnes du mm genre. Par contre la deuxième moitié ( la descente) nous a offert tout qu’un défi. Les pistes du retour semblaient très peux fréquentés, ou px être qu’il y était tombé beaucoup de neige la veille. Px importe nous nous somme perdu à plusieurs reprises malgré que nous avions les sentiers sur nos téléphones. Nous nous sommes retrouvés sur des sentiers totalement fermés ou nous avons dû parcourir quelques km avec de la neige jusqu’aux hanches. Par contre, une de ces pistes fermées se faufilait au travers de magnifiques escarpements rocheux et au travers de quelques petites grottes semie ensevelies par la neige. Nous devions enlever nos sac et ramper sous les roches pour passer. C’était magnifique. Notre détour nous a bien sûr retarder de près de 2h, mais à valut facilement l’effort donner.

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4 months ago

Great trail with amazing views. Clear footing and easy to navigate with markers. Busy w/ tons of tourists/hikers, don’t plan to have it to yourself. Plenty of resting spots, you can also easily run most of the trail *if* you’re experienced. Some spots are very narrow and a few of those have steep drops so expect to look ahead & step aside to let passing hikers through. Trekking poles recommended if you normally use them especially if you plan on navigating the rocky portions near the chin. Pack layers, it’s freezing at the summit, but worth it. No shade when you get toward the chin. The only bathrooms are at the parking lot near the info center.

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