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Did this trail yesterday as loop. Laura cowles still rates as one of the toughest I’ve done it is uphill the whole time and doesn’t stop until you reach the top. Great views from the chin as usual. Was a warm and not much wind at all. GPS had this more like 5.4 miles round trip.

Challenging rock terrain over the forehead, a long day. Exhausted and happy.

Kicked our butts. We took the Eagle cut to Ccc road to Laura Cowls Trail to the top. The LC section was steep and seemingly unending but fun in that it was a challenge — mostly a boulder and rock scramble. It had rained off and on the day before and much of the way was damp. Came down via the sunset ridge trail — easier and drier. Might try it as the way up and back if I do this Trail again. (Hubby says he never wants to do it again)

Definitely my new favorite approach to Mansfield. We did Sunset Ridge as our approach to Mount Mansfield, which stayed in the alpine zone for more than half the way up. We were able to see wonderful views of the Green Mountains on the way up including Camels Hump in the distance. The summit of Mansfield had wonderful views into Smugglers Notch and the Northern Green Mountains. We decided to take Subway and Canyons Trail to Hallway House rather than Long Trail. This brought us through epic caves an glacial features. Half Way House was very steep, definitely not meant for downhill hiking. All in all great hike.

backpacking
13 days ago

I would say it’s hard. Mostly because you need to bring a lot of water and marple trail part is not good for children and unexperienced pets.

This was a very nice easy trail! Nice to find the lodge at the top and still had great views ! Definitely would do this one again!!!

Hiked from the Toll Road parking/visitor center to the Chin. It's a fairly moderate hike with a mix of rock and dirt trail with the occasional board over wet areas. Stay on the trail to preserve the fragile ecosystem. Amazing views out to lake Champlain to the west and the Stowe valley to the east. Porta potties at the visitor center.

hiking
16 days ago

A nice hike with opportunities to join up with other trails at the top. It ends at a shelter on the Long Trail. A decent hike to do if you want to get out for awhile and work up a bit of a sweat but you don’t have all day to spend.

Great trail! Probably my favorite so far in the North East, and I've hiked in NY, VT and NH. If you have done anything in the White Mountains, this will feel a bit like the Franconia Notch Loop, but a little more technical. I did the Wampahoofus to Butler lodge trail and got to go through a cave (really cool). From there you take Rock Garden trail back to the main path and that had some really cool stuff as well. I also took the offshoot to Cantilever Rock and that had a great view. Overall, the majority of the hike is a breeze but there are a few sections that can be tricky. It was sunny and dry when we did it but I think it would be very tough in rainy conditions as much of the hike is on rock faces that have grip when dry but not when wet.

Hiked up Butler Lodge Trail to Butler Lodge. Pretty quick and easy, and a nice view from the lodge. Decided to continue up Wampahoofus for the first time to the forehead thinking it would be fairly quick and easy.. wrong!! It was so fun though! But a little intimating! I had to take off my pack a few times to hoist myself up slippery rocks, had to walk through a cave, but what an adventure. Once at the forehead, I decided to continue to the chin so I took Long Trail North to the chin, not too windy despite cloudy weather, then on the way back, Long Trail South to Wallace Cutoff back to Butler Lodge. Keep in mind going down LT south is a little daunting, those ladders going down can be scary if you don’t like heights and a few points where if you mis step, you could fall down some rock crevices. All in all I’m glad I did that loop, exciting adventure 8.8 total miles.

My favorite hike in Vermont! Similar to the West Loop Camel’s Hump hike, but with heartbreakingly beautiful views of the Champlain Valley throughout the top half of the hike, and gorgeous views of the White Mountains to the east once you attain the summit.

Doesn’t take very long to get up and down. Most of it is done up on the ridge. I added Bad Weather Pass as an option up top which was fun although you have a few up close encounters with cliff edges. Fun trail all in all.

Have done this trail more than once- absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend taking the Sunset Ridge Trail up and down. I did not find it too difficult and my 3 younger siblings aged 8-12 found the trail very exciting, and loved exploring the caves on the way up!

I hiked this trail on Memorial Day starting at the Butler Lodge trailhead taking the Frost Trail along the rocky ridgeline to the foot of Mansfield’s forehead. Instead of descending along the rocky garden trail to follow the loop to Butler Lodge I ascended to the summit @ 3940ft and follows the very steep descent to the Eye at Long trail junction with Wallace cutoff. From there I made it Butler Lodge and followed the Rock Garden trail back to Frost to finish the loop. The views from he summit unfortunate were socked in the clouds and the black flies were terrible. Make sure if you hike this time is year to being plenty of insect repellent and a head net!!

Excellent hike but it was really hard!

walking
1 month ago

Great walk with beautiful views. Would be very slippery in the rain but if it’s dry this is a very enjoyable 1.5-2 hour walk (at a casual pace).

Awesome hike! Took about 4.5 hours. The first part (CCC road) leading up to the Maple ridge trail is very easy. I am a pretty experienced hiker and this was the hardest one in Vermont I have ever done. There were definitely some technical parts leading up to the Forehead. I would not suggest attempting any of it when the rocks are wet. Awesome hike along the ridge line where you can see the Burlington side as well as the Stowe side. The distance listed on here is off in my opinion. My Iphone said about 8 miles. The park rangers guide says 8.4. Will definitely do again at some point!

Beautiful and short hike. Definitely slippery on the way down if it’s wet out. A bit of a workout too. I’ll definitely be coming back to this one.

Great views throughout trail

The Frost trail is a really fantastic hike. Once you approach the top, there aren't just lookouts...but a rolling view to your left that gradually gets more and more expansive as your scale up a ridge line.

ONE WARNING: While the bottom of this trail & the Butler Lodge trail are both dog friendly, the connector between trails is not. There's several steep rock faces that need to be scaled. We took our two dogs and had to physically lift them through several sections to proceed.

This trail was definitely “hard” as there are a lot of rocks and often you’re climbing up with little to no places to grip. We went at the end of May and the weather was perfect, a little chilly at the top though so bring a light jacket. Great views the entire way up and well marked. I would suggest bringing bug spray if you’re going around this time because there were LOTS of bugs on the way but they were super heavy at the Mt Mansfield summit!

Excellent hike. Beautiful 360 vistas. I wouldn’t recommend it on a rainy day, as lots of the trail involves steep terrain on large boulders and smooth rock – I can imagine this would be dangerously slippery.

Wonderful and challenging trail.

So I’m a bit of a dope - I read about this trail on AllTrails and thought it sounded about right for me in terms of length and difficulty so off I went.

I had no idea that I was scaling the highest peak in VT with 15 yr old boots and no trekking poles, food, or company!

Doh!

Anyway...I did it and it is spectacular. An excellent challenge for the casual hiker and the views on top are a tremendous reward for the effort you will expend getting up there.

Highly recommend but take it more seriously than I did in terms of prep.

Did the CCC road/Eagle Cut-Maple Ridge-Long Trail-Chin-Sunset Ridge (approx 8.5m per the parks handout map). Perfect day and trails in good shape. Took under 5hrs including stops vs the 8hrs per the park ranger. I found Sunset to be a little wet and Maple Ridge was dry.

Fun trail with a lot of great views on the way to the top! Very enjoyable

I took halfway house trail to go up and reached the nose. Hiked the long trail to reach CHIN (Summit). Took the sunset ridge trail on my way back.

Great loop. Went up Halfway House Trail since the wind was blowing sooooo hard up top. Many folks turned around that went straight up Sunset Ridge since that option gets you exposed about half way up. Halfway House is in the woods pretty much right up to the Long Trail. Winds this day at the Chin were 30 MPH sustained and 50 MPH or so gusts. It was blowing! Had my shell on, wool stocking cap, and gloves. It was awesome though, just be prepared. A bit tricky coming down Sunset with the winds and some water on the well-worn rock. All good, we only slipped a few times. Enjoy!!!

Hiked Sunset Ridge Trail several times in the spring & fall. One will experience a gradual to moderate elevation gain throughout the hike. Weather and temps can vary once above treeline. Be sure to pick a clear day and take in the views!

Goodluck!

hiking
2 months ago

First time to Butler Lodge! Fun quick hike. Took me just under an hour via Butler Lodge Trail, had a wonderful lunch with lots of sun but very windy!

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