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9/23/18 Today was just a nice partly cloudy day for us too hike. It was in the 60's. We began the hike at 10:50am.Started on the monroe trail which is slightly steep. Then took Deans trail which was very nice and tranquil, was able to keep a steady pace. Make sure when you see an big open field on the right too go over and look and see the camel's hump from a distance. Spectacular view, an artist and photographers dream!! Then on to long trail where it gradually increases in altitude and also more obstacles to face with roots, rocks, boulders to scale with bare hands and on knees. Some spots slippery and wet on rocks and gravel. Then at the summit was unbelievably great feeling off happiness of this sight. We saw lake Champlain and 3 other mt peaks. The summit had a very neat alpine tundra biome as well.
An excellent hiking experience. Total hours for us was 5hrs 44 min. with 31,608 steps on pedometer. This was our first hike at 4,083ft. Be sure to bring warm clothing or extra shoes just in case. The summit can be windy and cold if it's not in summer season.

We’re new to hiking so this seemed slightly difficult at times. We had two children (7 and 13) who did great, however there were several sections that would have been a bit dicey with younger children. Lots of steep drop offs within inches of the trail. Very rocky uneven terrain. The end with the rock slide was anticlimactic due to the lack of micro climate that we had read about. We would do this again if the season was right.

hiking
25 days ago

Just took my 7th and 8th grade class on this hike a few days ago. It was great! In the amount of time we had, a little more than half made it to the top. For a lot of them it was a challenge in persistence, but the reward of making it was worth the tiredness the felt the next day. This was my 5th or so time on this trail and it is definitely a fun one with some great views.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike for the family. Also a great place to stop on your way up to the Forehead.

Great hike in an amazing forest. The last 30 minutes to Eagle Rock is quite technical. The views are phenomenal!!

The hike was long but well worth it....

hiking
26 days ago

An easy 1 mile each way hike that I could do with my toddler on my back. Beautiful views of the lake and Adirondacks. The only complaint is that it was extremely crowded, but we were expecting that since we went on a beautiful fall Sunday so no big deal.

Nice trails and lovely lookouts.

Cute little walk in the woods to a great view!

Nice walk through the woods with a payoff of a gorgeous view of the Adirondacks..Lake Champlain and Burlington. Dogs can be off leash here as well

It says 3 miles but it feels longer, parking is also quite problematic with the limited number of spaces and the rules about not parking on the road side. But the hike itself is beautiful.

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike! The trail is much wider than other trails I’ve been on. Not too steep.
The summit is amazing. There is a giant flat concrete slat at the top that gives amazing views and is a great place to hang out and have lunch with friends.

Love this hike! Went yesterday with my 4 big dogs and had a blast. Very dog friendly off leash trail as long as your pup is well socialized and under your control/has good recall. It rained the first 2.2mi up Jerusalem trail til we hit the LT. We went north briefly to hit up the Glen Ellen shelter so I could change, then back on to the LT and went south to the Mt. Ellen summit. The sun had emerged and the views were beautiful but do know it’s not quite a 360. Sugarbush resort’s summit chair lift tops the 4,082ft. With the detour, we ended up going 9mis. Definitely recommend; usually not a heavily trafficked trail. Parts are challenging/steep but there are plenty of flats to help break up the incline. Go enjoy!

hiking
27 days ago

easy-moderate hike with a beautiful view from the fire tower,

hiking
27 days ago

Nice easy trail with lots of chances to experience wildlife along the way. Well marked paths.

I found the trail to be well marked and easy with moderately difficult sections. Nice views and quiet.

hiking
27 days ago

Before I started this trail, I kept wondering why people rated it so low. The trail was beautiful and it starts off with the lake. After you pass the lake, you get to enjoy a very vegetative trail (end of September). The issue comes when you reach the wooden bridge. There is no way of knowing where to go next. If you go straight, you hit the street, if you walk on what looks like a path in any direction, you end up nowhere. And that is why I only gave it 4 stars.

hiking
27 days ago

Nice, on the easy side of moderate trail. Took my husband and me about 1.5 hours to complete because we stopped and looked at each tree on the Tree Loop! Enjoyed the view of Mt.Ascutney as we had just hiked that a few days earlier and were happy to look at it from another angle! This is a very low key hike that does not require any scrambling and is not overly steep at any point and the distance is perfect for a nice hike that does not take long. Well maintained and easy to follow.

Beautiful

Great view for a short hike. Bench at the top makes for a nice place to just relax.

Just posting this to answer the question about the mine location. (After all it is the lost mine lol). Its easy to miss as it’s not much more than a hole in the ground filled with water now but it is on the trial. If you do the loop counterclockwise it’s maybe 0.5 miles into the loop.

mountain biking
28 days ago

Vraiement genial !!!

hiking
28 days ago

If you enter from the Berlin Pond side, the trail forks about 1/3 of the way. Go left and you will end up on the ridge line, which offers a solid but not terribly strenuous hike. As others have noted, there isn't much of a view when there is foliage on the trees (despite there being a "Berlin Pond Overlook"). I've know this part of the trail to be pretty waterlogged (almost impassable) after a heavy rain (but the creek is beautiful at these times). If you go right at the fork, you will be on the Darling Road Trail, which terminates at the Darling Road. This trail goes gently up and then descends more steeply. If you do an out-and-back trip, the return trip will be more difficult than outward trip. There isn't much of a view but a beautiful stretch of birch trees occupy nearly the entire back side of the mountain and play with the light in a striking and mysterious way.

hiking
29 days ago

Nice short hike. Don't miss the western lookout past the summit. If you're hiking with a dog, you'll want to keep him/her on a leash, since the trail is never far from dizzyingly high cliffs.

Great hike. I would rate as moderate-hard due to steepness in sections and need to scramble over rocks at times. But very easy to follow and lots of variety of terrain-soft forest floor, rocks, tree roots, etc. I agree that Gus’ Lookout and West View the best places for views but Observation Tower also worth it. Overall I really liked this hike and would do it again. But I would say to expect a good workout. It took me and my husband about 5 hours but we took it easy going up, making frequent stops ;and going down, although taking less time, requires attention to footing and I always find down harder.

This is such a great hike. Today we were in the clouds, yet it was still spectacular. We came down the back which was very steep and fun!!

We hiked the loop indicated on this map which circled the entire park and was about 2.5 hours, But there are a variety of shortcuts. The trail crosses a brook, descends to a beautiful cove on the shore of Lake Champlain that ideal for a swim (too cold in mid September) and ascends (about 550 ft.) to two lookout points, one that views the lake Champlain Islands and northern Adirondack Mountains in New York state to the east, and another facing west to view Mt. Mansfield. There is plenty of interesting terrain, rock formation and forest vegetation to keep the trail interesting. You're not likely to see too much wildlife, except maybe for groups of elementary school children, as we did and locals walking their dogs (my sense is that the park is quite popular.) There was a poetry walk on one of the trails, with poems set along the path. Also there is a $4 entrance fee per person so bring cash.

Up Laura Cowles, down Sunset Ridge. It's the way I've done Mansfield for most of my life. Traffic can be a concern in peak seasons, but here's the move: Get up real crazy early, put on a reliable headlamp, and don some warm hiking clothes (whoa, not THAT warm, champ! This is going to be exercise, after all). Make the summit minutes before sunrise. Pour yourself a cup of coffee from your Thermos while you enjoy the show. Descend by Sunset Ridge just as the sun starts to light up the landscape below. The experience will stay with you for the rest of your life. Side note: If you plan this as a date (with the right kind of companion, of course), you're an instant legend.

I'm a native Vermonter, and somehow I'd never done Mansfield via the Hellbrook Trail until today. It is my new favorite ascent, and it is the business. Conditions were damp and foggy, but not rainy. Consider your boots before you start up this trail. I believe that almost anyone who is interested in tackling a "difficult" hiking trail will be physically capable of crushing this trail, but I would not attempt it unless you're confident in your footwear. A few sketchy sections (you'll know when you get to them) might be made less sketchy by stopping to brush mud/leaves/dust from the soles of your boots (or give them the ol' spit-and-rub if they're dry, though that's unlikely around here). The security that you will get from grippy shoes will mean more thrill and less spill (and a spill on parts of this trail could be very bad). Side note: I'm very afraid of heights, and I survived. A little of the old sit-'n-scooch can get you through the worst bits of the descent; there's no shame in it (well, maybe a little, but it's fine). Descending, by the way, is totally doable as long as you take your time, and choose your steps thoughtfully and deliberately. Happy hiking!

Well kept with all the traffic back and forth. Great scenery from the Green Mountain.

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