Mount Mansfield Loop Trail

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Mount Mansfield Loop Trail is a 8 mile moderately 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
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3136 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

amazing!!! the way up via sunset ridge is relatively easy, but the way down on the Half way house trail is another story!! Very technical and slippery but the views were incredible!! Loved every minutes of the day!!! I will hike it counterclockwise next time! Happy trails

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
2 months ago

This is a tough hike that begins at Underhill State Park, which had plenty of parking available for Memorial Day weekend in 2017 and charged $4/person. Because the park has tent camping, there are bathrooms and potable water available at the trailhead. The total time actually hiking was about 6.5 hours, and the actual distance of the hike was about 9.7 miles. GPS systems will calculate the distance as if this area were flat and show a distance of 8.7 miles.

My girlfriend and I did the Mt. Mansfield loop counterclockwise, which is the direction I would recommend because the Maple Ridge Trail is the most technical part of the hike and would be more difficult to do descending than ascending. 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. I took off my backpack for that part and still found it to be scary. I wish they would add some rebar grips or a ladder there. 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. I would not recommend it for small children or for anyone with limited mobility. Because of these two challenging sections, I would not recommend this hike in slippery conditions where the rocks would be wet or icy.

The views on the hike are spectacular 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. The Sunset Ridge Trail gets much more foot traffic than the Maple Ridge Trail because most hikers from Underhill do an out and back taking the Sunset Ridge Trail toward the peak of Mount Mansfield.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Well kept and indicated! Did do the loop trail, but walked from p2 to taylor lodge for day1, long trail to butler lodge for day2 and back to p2 for day3! Nice little hicking, still had a lot of snow up to butler lodge! The lodge are clean and well done.

hiking
3 months ago

Stayed at a lean-to in Underhill State Park and hiked up the next day. It was a challenging hike, but the distance made it doable.

3 months ago

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hiking
9 months ago

Hiked from Underhill State Park. 8.5 mile strenuous hike. Great views during the hike and at the summit(s). It was near peak foliage and ver beautiful.

a bit more challenging than I thought it'd be, but totally worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

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11 months ago

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

backpacking
Friday, July 15, 2016

We spent a week Hiking The Green Mountains of VT. This was probably my favorite part.The Cliff Trail is awesome, would be sketchy in rain or snow, lots of scrambles and squeezes. The view from Summit is great.You can hike the long trail up or take Gondola to Cliff trail or even take toll road and hike along summit. Spectacular.Would like to go back and explore West side of the Ridge.Dont recommend a heavy pack on Cliff Trail.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

moderate. great views

hiking
Monday, October 12, 2015

Breath taking view! Or maybe that was the hike up lol. I had a wonderful day doing this trail it was unforgettable to say the least.

hiking
Monday, October 12, 2015

Great Views! My only suggestion would be to avoid the cliff trail if you are afraid of heights. There a few places where you are climbing up over large rocks that leave you feeling a bit uneasy. Also make sure you pack a lot of water. I know that should go without saying but I passed a few groups that were out of water and I ended up giving away one of my large water bottles.