Sunset Ridge and Long Trail Loop

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Underhill State Park

Sunset Ridge and Long Trail Loop is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Underhill Center, Vermont that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,690 feet Route Type: Loop

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Sunset Ridge Trail Long Trail Halfway House Trail CCC Road It's recommended by park staff to ascend the Halfway House Trail, traverse the Long Trail to the Chin (highest point in Vermont) and then descend Sunset Ridge. Halfway House is a steep trail, especially close to the Long Trail ridge-line, but has numerous switchbacks along the way. The Long Trail is all above the treeline and provides nearly 360 views of Vermont, Adirondacks, & White Mountains, but there's no shelter in bad weather (wind or rain). Sunset Ridge is a more gradual hike down, so it's less difficult heading down Mansfield; it also is above treeline for the top half and provides excellent views of the Champlain Valley and Adirondacks. Note: Halfway and Sunset Ridge have Blue Blazes, while the Long Trail is White. It's best to avoid Yellow blazed trails because they are generally more difficult rock scrambles.

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2 days ago

Definitely no ice on the rocks, but it's still quite muddy. Also - if you're doing the whole loop as its written in description - it's not going to be only 9km, With the fact that we did a little bit of shortcut through Eagle trail, it came to walked 16km.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail, almost no snow or ice to speak of at this point, aside from a patch on the very top, but lots of wet rocks from run off. A good amount of scrambling up rocks. Park opens mid June officially, so be prepared to pay for parking if you go later in the season.

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11 days ago

Beautiful trails, no snow very clean trails, recommended take cap and sunscreen lotion

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12 days ago

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18 days ago

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19 days ago

Climbed up via the Halfway House Trail on 5/17/20. Wouldn't recommend this trail without micro spikes, honestly. Icy snow that gets more tedious & treacherous as you near the top where you switch to the Long Trail. From there over to the summit of the Chin is all exposed rock with views all along the way. Hiking down the Sunset Ridge was beautiful and rocky, would have been better to just do an out & back with that trial. Took 3 1/2 hours of moving time with a 1/2 hour beer break on top.

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19 days ago

Do not attempt without crampons!!! We went early May and were not prepared which made the decent very dangerous. Beautiful trail, but I would recommend waiting until it’s warmer.

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2 months ago

Went in early March, trail was pretty slippery but not too bad with good hiking boots on. I tried going up the nose trail but couldn’t find the markers, so I turned around and went back. Overall a nice walk in the woods, but not too much of a destination. Did this hike in the fall and it was gorgeous! End of October is good, and sometimes there’s some snow already at the top of the Mansfield chin

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7 months ago

Great trail with amazing view. Difficult and slippery in spots if you take the straight shot down.

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7 months ago

This hike is throughly challenging and rewarding. We went up Halfway House Trail to the Long Trail then took Sunset Ridge back down. Would recommend taking this route because Halfway House is fairly steep. Some icy conditions at the top, but overall not dangerous or scary for my afraid of heights partner. Only thing I would have done differently is brought gloves for the alpine tundra - all in all amazing 360 views of the mountains and immensely rewarding. Hiking the ridge on Long Trail is an unbelievable experience.

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rocky
7 months ago

We went up the sunset ridge trail Monday 10/21 and it was a beautiful nice hike up. Took us about 2.5 hours. There was some ice along the trail above the alpine zone that was tricky but it wasn’t a large area. The climb up was views galore and not a lot of scrambling. I would NOT recommend coming down the halfway house trail unless you want a hard quick trail (Took us 2 hours down). It was rocky the whole way down and the stream follows it almost all the way down so it was very slippery and technical. I wish we would’ve taken the long route along the long trail (lovely trail) and gone down the maple ridge trail. We will definitely be back, it was a beautiful mountain. Ps I’m a slow leisurely hiker so time might be shorter for you.

Great trail, dog friendly. Amazing views

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7 months ago

Une superbe journée pour randonner! Le sentier a plusieurs sections très mouillées et aussi glacées/ enneigées. On était limite pour avoir besoin des crampons, certains randonneurs avaient les leurs au pied. Avec le chien en laisse, les sections glissantes étaient très techniques. La vue et les sentiers sont absolument magnifiques. C’est une montagne qui est à refaire, c’est certains!!

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7 months ago

Halfway house is hard and steep and really rocky. Only worth it cuz it’s empty

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