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The Chin via Cliff House is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Underhill, Vermont that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

Length 1.3 mi Elevation gain 807 ft Route type Out & Back
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Note: This trail can be slippery when wet! Use caution. There is a gondola on the mountain that will also bring you to the start point of this trail. The gondola costs $30.

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Kishan Patel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 13, 2020
HikingGreat!

Lots of spots with some incline, but overall not that hard. Views from the chin are definitely worth it. There a couple of challenging spots, first is about .25 miles in, but manageable for an average hiker.

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anne condon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 11, 2020
HikingRockyScramble

I went up Hellbrook to the chin and then down through Cliff Trail all the way to the toll road. Cliff trail was like doing a second Hellbrook. It was amazingly spectacular with caves, technical climbs, ladders and cables. It was at times a bit scary due to the leaps to be made right next to a drop off cliff. I would never do this hike in winter, and not even later in the season due to ice. So glad I did it!

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Jonathan Eskow
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 10, 2020
Hiking

Didn’t want to go to summit so Jon decided to take different loop back. Extremely difficult (went from white to yellow to blue). Steep cliffs and lots and lots of tussy time.

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Joseph Cirino
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 28, 2020
Hiking

Great hike with some climbing involved. Good cardio workout and stunning at the top. Took the doggie and she had to stay behind with my wife about halfway up. Two teen daughters and I continued to summit.

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Matthew Kinnaird
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 26, 2020
Hiking

Very steep up through beautiful wooded trail, rocky across the top with fantastic views

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Christine Storms
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 12, 2020
Hiking

All was awesome!! Be warned that this is a very difficult trail with several challenging steep rock scaling parts. The long trail nearing the top was definitely a little sketchy with the winds. Happy & Safe hiking!

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Rebeca Martinez
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Hiking

Took the gondola from the mountain resort to the trail up. It was a good climb for two city dwellers. Definitely gets your heart pumping! I would recommend pants to avoid scrapes from sliding on rocks if you’re less than graceful (me). Being water and a snack to keep ur power up

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Bill Miller
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Hiking

Great. Went up halston trail then on to summit. Came down cliff trail to gondola.

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Curt Kelemen
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Hiking

This hike beat me up pretty good. Initial short hike from gondola to Mansfield summit is dramatic and strenuous but well worth the view! The descent down Mansfield on the long trail took a physical toll. My plan was to continue on to Madonna peak but decided not to push it and hiked down Smuggs rum runner and meadowlark trails to my vacation home. Overall a rewarding and memorable hike.

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David Kleen
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Hiking

Great short trail two or three boulders that are slightly difficult to navigate, but doable for most people. Beautiful weather! Nice breeze on the top of the mountain.

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Holden Gray
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HikingRockyScramble
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Joe Palisi
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HikingRockyScramble

Really fun if you like climbing steep rocks but not if you don’t like that. Good view of the ski resort all the way up. One of the most difficult trails on mount mansfield

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Matthew Waterbury
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 2, 2020
SkiingScrambleSnow

Went for a solo winter ascent on 01/02/20 - great challenge, but definitely not everyone's cup o' tea. Mid 20's, a lot of snow above the gondola (6'+ with deeper drifts), overcast, summit ridge was whiteout with 30-40mph winds and gusts to 60mph. Skinned up Perry Merrill, took the Cliff Trail from just below the gondola, bushwhacked above the "keyhole" to the summit ridge, crampons to the Chin, then wandered around a bit to make my way back south to the Toll Road and ski out to civilization. Winter notes: - be prepared, take your time, pay attention to the snow pack, where the boulders are, etc. - there is no way around the keyhole - you have to go through it - beyond the keyhole, picking out and following the Cliff Trail proper becomes impossible, and you end up with a lot of snow above you. I stuck to the west, closer to the cliff. - much easier to pick a path from north to south on the summit than in reverse

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Roben McCullough
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 10, 2019
HikingRockyScramble

Difficult but rewarding. Slippery at times.

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Breanna Shaw
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 8, 2019
HikingRockyScramble

This is one of my absolute favorite hikes. I love the scrambling in this trail. Going back down is a bit of a challenge, especially when it's wet - but it's one of those trails where the journey is fun and the destination is stunning.

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Heidi Laberge
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HikingRocky
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amy graves
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 15, 2019
Hiking

The views from the Chin are spectacular, but the cliff trail is no joke! It was hard at best and in spots a very steep climb. It was rewarding to complete though and, again, the summit is beautiful!!

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sheriff Hay
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HikingRocky

started this hike on 17th of June at 8:30am , there was only 1 car in the parking lot (free$), if you enjoy rock climbing this trail is your heaven , it was mostly dry with a few spots of mud , we went off trail a couple of times , following alltrails map we could make it back , I personally found it difficult but manageable, it took us 5h given my hiking mate not very skilled, it would take 3h for a person with good endurance , the view is amazing, there were no many bugs on that day , we took back cliff trail sadly the gondola was still off on that week, now it is functional, a 30 min walk from the gondola site to reach back to the parking of hell brook trail, I highly recommend this hike if you like a challenging adventure. my phone went dead on the summit so the hike back does not show on my recorded map.

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Stephen Barry
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 15, 2019
HikingBugsRockyScramble

Cliff Trail from to gondola up to the ridge line is no moderate trail. The Green Mountain Club rates it a yellow diamond which is more difficult than a double black. If there is any moisture on the rocks it can be quite sketchy. I would not recommend this trail for inexperienced hikers, much better to head up the Toll Road and hike across the ridge line to the Chin.

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Shannon Cooley
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This was a fun one in the snow. Very short, but steep to the point of being more like climbing in some spots. The trail was icy and I couldn't have done it without my microspikes or something similar like snowshoes or crampons. We had snow falling while we hiked so I can't comment fully on the views but what we saw was beautiful. All that said, the only reason we did this trail over a different one is because we had to hustle up and down due to some impending nasty weather on the drive home. The gondola ride is $30 and I would've preferred to hike longer so factor that in when choosing a trail.

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David Miller
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 7, 2018
Hiking

Cliff trail is slippery when wet! Combo of steep sections and wet rocks were scary, and our 10-year-old daughter slid down one section, even though she was sitting down. If it is wet, give it plenty of time to go down slow! Can't speak to views, as it was very cloudy, but glad we made it to the gondola OK!

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Kazys Varnelis
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Great hike but be aware that it’s a scramble. The person in a group that started in front of us with sandals and a baby in a backpack turned back after five yards. What was she thinking? Much of this hike is a scramble and you don’t want to lose your footing. But it’s fun and rewarding if you are in shape.

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