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.