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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)

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.

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
12 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.

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!!

walking
30 days 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!

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.

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.

Goodluck!

Awesome hike. Best one I’ve done on the east coast.

The trail condition was somewhat difficult today, the snow was semi hard and the path has been trampled, so hard with snowshoes. Was a beautiful day though and not too windy nor cold ! Long walk from the winter parking to the beginning of the trail. Will try again this summer !

we picked Laura Cowles to hike up for sunrise. steep trail, great workout. we went at new year's day 5am. it was -20 at the bottom. the peak was way too cold to stay. had to use crampons. less exposed straight up and down. good for a night hike. we came back from the same trail because of the weather condition.

bit muddy and wet. crazy views througout the hike. some tricky rock scramble sections. very well marked.

Nice hike. Hells brook ascent to the Adam's apple and chin was definitely a rigorous but rewarding climb.

conditions : wet + windy + leaves
Trail : loop starting from ccc road @ up maple ridge @ long trail (forehead to chin) @ down sunset ridge
stats : 5h (including breaks) / 12km / 867m
cost : 4$ US per person, they also accept Canadian money.
This is my 4th hike ever (my biggest yet), it was a great personnal challenge.
Great advice from the park ranger : start going up maple ridge in these wet conditions, it would've been very dangerous going down those slippery rock walls.
Very hard on the knees going down such technical terrain, using hiking poles normally help but the ground is so irregular we could use them only near the bottom.

Great, easy hike. It costs $23 per vehicle with one adult and $8 more per adult to go up the road, and the gates at the bottom close at 5PM. Beautiful views, almost all over rocks. If you're afraid of heights the drive may be hard for you as you get closer to the visitors center, and there are parts of the path that may be hard too.

Pretty easy hike. Take the toll road up to the summit and then hike to the chin.
The hike itself was very pretty where you can see the lake Champlain on side and the presidential range on the other side. You are hiking on rocks all the way through, which could get difficult if the rocks are slippery. Overall a great experience. Must do if you are in Stowe. keep in mind that you will need to pay a pretty handsome amount to get on the toll road. Also make sure to get there early since they get full pretty quickly.

Hiked this on 9/2/17 - Saturday. Normally, we don't hike on weekends due to the number of people, but it was a gorgeous day so we took a chance. This is a good, but hard hike. It definitely got the heart pumping. Not a particularly kind trail underfoot, as you have to consistently watch your step. Toward the top, there is some hand over hand, narrow rock scrambling that has to be done about the last 1/3 mile. For those afraid of heights this could be an issue. I can't say it's the worst I've ever been on and I have been known to freeze-up on a high, narrow precipice. Made it to the top and it was well worth the effort! My muscles definitely knew they had been worked the next day. NOW, my complaint. PEOPLE LEASH YOUR DOGS. #1, it is dangerous to others and your dog to have an unleashed animal...i DON'T CARE HOW WELL BEHAVED YOU THINK THEY ARE! #2, IT IS RUDE! NOT EVERYONE IS A DOG FAN having your furry friend who just played in a mud puddle suddenly think I'm their best friend. This does not endear me to you! #3, take water for your pet. Backpackers, rely on that creek water for drinking. Keep your dog out of it. #4, If your dog isn't a "hiker", this is not a trail to start them on. There are some very steep places and some your dog may be afraid to go up or down. Please don't take 15 minutes trying to coax your dog up or down when people are lining up waiting on narrow parts to get by then expect everyone to clap because your dog did a good job! There is a leash rule on this hike. It is for everyone's safety. Please be considerate and obey it. Out of the 10 or so dogs on the trail on this day that we saw only 1 was on leash.

trail running
10 months ago

Great hike and views, though highly trafficked on the Sunset Ridge portion. Would recommend going counter-clockwise, as others have reported.

This was a great hike. Relatively easy if you take the toll road up and go from there to the summit. There are lots of offshoot trails that take you to different places or that you can go out and back on. They can quickly get more difficult if thats what you're looking for. Great views, crowded but not crazy. We would gladly do this one again. Definitely recommend.

I did this loop counterclockwise just like at least two other reviewer's had suggested. It was fantastic. Completely socked in with fog for the first 3 1/2 hours, it finally cleared and the mountains revealed themselves. Next time I'm going to head up the Cliff Trail.

This was a fun little hike with some scrambles, some climbing up and down, and some slippery areas.
Parts of the ridge were quite windy.
We hiked with our 12pound pup whose 10. She was a champ, but I did pick her up a few times because of the wind or jagged climbing areas.
Driving up the toll road was pretty fun, too!

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