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Hiked the trail 12/31/18. Great hike. Temp was 34, no bugs, no snakes, good views. Hiking partner knew Tim and took a moment to silently remember him

It is very difficult. Having said that, I highly recommend it. You will want to go back down after a quarter mile. Don't do it, keep going. You will be rewarded. Take the Adam's Apple trail which will be obvious when you see it, then summit The Chin. I would climb/hike this again in an instant. I did not take the trail back down since I had family waiting for me at the bottom.

I am finally getting around to posting a review of this trail. Hiked this about a year ago on Oct 15, 2017 & it still rates as one of the more relentless hikes I’ve done in New England. You’ll have to exercise some climbing skills especially near the top. Going back down especially in wet weather may be tricky. My knees still ache just thinking about it. That being said - well worth the effort!

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2 months ago

Follow long trail south to the gulch, and for that matter, the gulch lies beyond the graphic trail shown here. We did an out and back on the Long Trail because we could not find the loop (Babcock) shown on the eastern side. Nice trail, impressive Gulch.

My hometown of West Pawlet! Couldn’t ask for a better view of one of the best places on earth!

Great spot, lots to see along the Cog-man.

One of the best hikes And trails! I have ascended via hellbrook at least three times and every time is different. The view on the top is stunning especially if foggy!

A beautiful walk in the woods. Nice views along the way.

Very well maintained, lots of loops and difficulty levels. My dog got to meet lots of other off leash dogs

Did this trail today and it was quite icy but the view at the top is gorgeous!

steep and fun my favorite trail if you like this one try the long trail north up the forhead

So let me start of by saying that HARD does NOT do this hellbrook trail justice it is Extremely Hard. It is very challenging especially if you haven't hiked in Vermont before be careful. With that being said, the scenery is absolutely beautiful. You have to scamper, bearcrawl, shimmy up rather large boulders/rocks, go thru areas where there is no visible or actual trailmarkers in some areas and then search for the blue markings that lead your way. I made it to the part where you climb up via some metal bars on rocks that you must pull yourself up thru and turned back because it looked to get more and more treacherous. And let me tell you that the hike back down was no joke ☠☠☠. Be very careful because you really have to shimmy down stuff to get back and words cannot describe the sheer gut renching dread you feel in some areas because there's no good way down. Do NOT attempt this trail if it has been raining unless you have the appropriate gear. Be careful and safe and have fun.

real nice beginner trail or one just to clear your head

Not for the faint of heart, you need to use your hands as well. One challenge after another never boring, well worth the effort! We’re definitely do it again.

Loved the hike!! Exhausting but worth ever step! They tell you not to go down but that too was an adventure in itself ! would do it again in a heartbeat!

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!

4 months ago

Nice short hike, would definitely go back

challenging for some but definitely worth it

Don’t start what you can’t finish. This is no hike up a mountain. Scramble & climb more like it. Lots of upper body. If you are not prepared then you can do some damage to yourself. I was able to complete because I had to. As I first stated. When you start, really not easy to go back. That said it’s not easy going up either. I went alone on a very wet rainy day. Also totally unadvisable. Lots of other fun and safer hikes with great views. Do the pinnacle or hunger. These are way easier with only a few challenges near the top. But safe and doable. ONE MAN GATHERS WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.

This trail is difficult but worth the work. It’s far less crowded, you get an amazing vantage point to Lake of the Clouds as you ascend, and the view of the Chin from the Adams Apple is out of this world. To avoid the stress of even thinking about going back down Hellbrook, follow the Long Trail off the summit, then left to the Cliff Trail, and take the Stowe gondola down the mountain (it’s free!) you’ll then have a mile walk on the road back to where you parked but after what you’ve already done that’s nothing!

Thought this was going to be the easier of the new england summits to reach but was largely mistaken.

Hellbrook is no joke and when wet it will make you think whyyy?? There are many steep sections that will require a lot climbing maneuvers and putting faith in tree roots and slick rocks to grab onto.

The view was one of the best so it was worth it. We had a storm earlier in the morning so we were in and out of clouds for most of it until a clearing at the top presented some unique views and cloud formations.

Take Long Trail down and you will save some stress.

doing this trail 2x in 3 days really made a difference. what I love about this trail is there is almost as much upper body engagement with pulling yourself up over ledges or if you're short, essentially doing tricep dips to get down. trekking poles, for me, on the accent were useless. it had been days since it rained but it looks like this side of the mountain is always wet and muddy. I took the LT out to the road after Profanity. it's. 75 miles back to the car but worth it. hellbrook is a lot of single pass and on the weekend, there's just too many people. my recommendation, Hellbrook up, the Adams Apple is fun with great views of bear pond, rock climbing up to the chin, then profanity down to the LT and road. I also found LT was a knee-saver if that's a concern and here is where trekking poles are nice to have.

This trail whooped our asses. Not for the faint of heart. Brought the dog along and we will both be sleeping for the next two days. Unbelievable views and well worth it. Thankfully there are great breweries nearby (Idletyme).

Was one of the more difficult trails I’ve went on with my wife but def one of the more fun. Had to pull her up a few places. Seriously worth it for the views throughout. Loved it!

Brutal. Incredibly wet and was not expecting so much American Ninja Warrior in the accent. When just lunging uphillis the easiest part... trail could be better marked in places. While inherently, hiking includes views that those with fears of heights wold anticipate, that climb up the chin from the Adams Apple definitely gave me the flutters. you work hard.. the.. entire.. time.

An epic journey. I hiked this on a whim during a road trip from to New York from Chicago through Canada and Vermont. I saw this one from the side of road I happened to park at overnight and thought, “ooh, a nice shorter hike before I set off!” This Vermont trail is rated “difficult” and it’s not lying - this was perhaps one of the most challenging trails I’ve ever done - it involved a trail with very steep ascent (and descent), lots of rocks to traverse, and sections of steep and treacherous at times bouldering which was made more challenging by the fact that most of it was wet.

I learned a few valuable lessons:
- If a trail is kicking your ass on the way up, you can bet it will hand it to you on the way down. It seems some people go down a different day... which didn’t even occur to me.
- Budget for plenty of time, bring plenty of water, and some snacks to keep up your energy for the way back down - this might take the estimated 2.5 hours... or 5 hours for someone like me.

Honestly, I did this solo and questioned my life choices. It took everything I had to get UP, only to discover the DOWN was going to be MUCH harder. In fact, I considered calling the rangers for help no less than 4 times, fell down 2 steep bouldering sections and gratefully landed in a pool of mud instead of falling off the side of the mountain, and was ultimately grateful not to leave in an ambulance or body bag.

Not for the faint of heart or novice - this will take everything you have and more... but the views will steal your breath away!

This is an excellent hike! Very challenging immediately off the road. Like others said, it feels longer in length than it is due to the steep terrain. Absolutely worth it. Not good for unskilled dogs though because of the large rocks and a few short climbs.

Really nice hike! Some fairly steep sections but they're short. Lots of frogs, snakes, and mushrooms!

I originally planned to begin early in the morning but late night drinking caused me to start at 11 (typical). I parked at Sterling Pond Trailhead because I originally planned to Summit at the Chin then hike back across Mountain Rd and finish the day with a swim at Sterling Pond.

I parked at SP then walked down the road to Hell Brook Trailhead. The Hellbrook Trail is pretty taxing compared to the Long Trail (which I came down on). It required some parts of scrambling but after all said and done it'd be fine for most children around 10 or older and I saw an elderly couple (in their 60s it looked like) coming down.

The Hellbrook trail itself felt like it was more like 2 miles than the 1.3 that it says it is. (Maybe this is my pride being hurt from it taking 1hr 15min to get to the Adams Apple.) From the Chin I went down the Long Trail to the Cabin stopped for a minute then hiked all the way down the Long Trail to the road, in which I decided it wasn't the best idea to hike another 6 miles to the pond. So I decided to simply walk back up the road and happily finished the hike after about 4 hours from the time I left my car to when I was back at Sterling Pond Parking Lot.

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