Nebraska Notch, Lake Mansfield Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews

Nebraska Notch, Lake Mansfield Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stowe, Vermont that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
793 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

1 month ago

Nice winter hike. Snowshoes are probably recommended.

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4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

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5 months ago

Easy hike with good views

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5 months ago

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

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5 months ago

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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6 months ago

Lovely hike out & back with young families. Our 4-year old could have technically hiked the whole thing, but his pace would have kept us out longer than we had time for. We especially had fun exploring the rock cave and climbing up the ladder on the "rough" trail. Taylor lodge was the perfect spot to contain mobile kiddos while we ate a snack before descending. With a 4-year old, 15month old and 6 month old plus pup it took 4 hours round trip, snack included. Def would recommend!

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7 months ago

Beautiful hike with waterfalls and babbling brooks along the way. Moderate hike with a large portion being uphill. There are areas where it's quite muddy but it's not difficult to maneuver through, lots of rocks to use as stepping stones. Rockier in some spots than I anticipated (even though it's listed as rocky). No bugs when we hiked but I recommend having bug spray on hand because it's seems like the perfect environment for deer fly and mosquitos. Taylor Lodge is at the top and is pretty cool. FOR OUT-OF-STATERS.. we've had lots of rain here in VT which is the reason for all the mud and i'm assuming accounts for the excessive waterfalls, streams and brooks so I'm not sure if this review will be accurate if the rain ever stops and we get a real VT summer.

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7 months ago

Nice, moderate trail. As you approach via car, there are lots of private property signs. Keep going. Just as you begin to lose hope there is public parking, you will see a small sign on the right directing you up a steep hill to public parking and the trail head. No stunning views but nice waterfall and beaver dams.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This is a wonderful trail. The beginning section wasn't very enjoyable, due to following alongside a private road and lodge. There was a lot of noise from chainsaws and mowers during this time. However once we got further into the trail it is much more enjoyable. Lots of steep rocks to climb up and great views of the lake. The waterfall is beautiful and totally worth climbing down to the bottom for the view. Further in we heard a moose which was really nice. We reached the lodge, had lunch and turned back. Great for a short day hike, took us about 2.5 hours total.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Not much In the way of views but a fun hike. Took the Mansfield trail to Bow trail which loops around. Waterfall was nice and we climbed down to get some better views. Bow trail is described as rough and it is. Rocks and roots along with cave ladders and caves. Very fun with more options for longer hikes. Gradual incline so never really feel the elevation. Will be back to try some of the other trails.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hiked from Stevenson Road to Taylor Lodge then down to Lake Mansfield and the private Trout Club. There is a waterfall between Taylor Lodge and the lake. Hiked back up to Taylor Lodge and took the .4 mile Clara Bow loop which includes a small cave portion. The rough portion of the trail is definitely worth it. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Nice trail that begins slow with a 0.5 mile trek aside private property. When climbing, it's not too difficult. After about 2.0 miles, at the Taylor Lodge near the notch, take the Clara Bow trail for 0.8 miles which traverses the actual notch including a cave ladder and climb beneath huge rocks to get through, rounding back over Sugarloaf peak back to the lodge. Four hours tops with steady pace. Includes a peaceful scene next to a beaver-created pond.

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