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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.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 2,690 ft 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.

Trail Starts at Underhill State Park. Park here for a fee in Summer Parking on road only in winter about 1 mile down.

Start at Underhill State Park

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Dustin Glasscoe
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HikingFeeRockyScramble

Great hike early this am. Passed one person on the ridge. 2h 20m going at a good clip. No views, totally clouded in - very cool.

Lydia Axelrod
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HikingFeeRockyScramble
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Dana Tokarzewski
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HikingFeeNo shadeRockyScramble

Good tree cover for the first approx. 1.8 miles up, but make sure to wear lots of sunscreen for out of tree cover or you will get baked! Not for those with a fear of heights, lots of slabs and unsure footing. Took a little longer to get down than up for that reason. Awesome views today, totally worth it!

Danielle Concetta
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HikingBugsRockyScramble
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shaylee larson
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Ting Wang
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Hiking

Took the loop clockwise, after midway up 180 degree unblocked view all the way to the top. It was fun waking on the ridge on the top. Be patient on descending as the trail is very narrow and requires scrambling. It is my first hiking that took me longer descending than ascending, but it was fun both ways. Will definitely come back another time

Lilli Hollensworth
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Beautiful trail. The descend was terrifying with slippery rock slabs so be sure you are paying attention to what you are doing.

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Cass Bussolini
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Tom Mazzone
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Hiking

Incredible views along the ridgeline and you can see all the way into Mt. Champlain!

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Ellen OBrien
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HikingBugsScramble

Great hike. Started at the parking lot went up to the CCC and took a left and went up to halfway house trail. Glad I did the loop this way. Reward at the top and coming down sunset. Beautiful mountain.

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Doug Wilder
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Cantilever rock detour NOTE: the .2 mi detour off sunset ridge trail to cantilever rock is NOT worth it. The sunset ridge trail provides constant panoramas and viewpoints soon after this optional detour. To hike over to an additional area that provides the same constant view as the trail does is not worth it. Additionally, there is no clear marking for cantilever rock. You may continue looking and end up trying to bushwhack back to the original trail “as the crow flies” not worth it stay on sunset ridge amazing views great hike

Gee Mon
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Hiking

Day 39 hiking Gate- Eagles Way/CCC Road/ Halfway House Tr/Long Tr/Subway/LT Sunset Ridge/ CCC

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Jonathan Herbert
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Patricija Brike-Safina
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Hiking

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.

Jessica Stehmeyer
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Hiking

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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