Mansfield Mountain - Sunset Ridge - Long Trail- Loop

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#1 of 7 trails in Underhill State Park
Mansfield Mountain - Sunset Ridge - Long Trail- Loop is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Underhill, VT that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.1 miles 2319 feet Loop
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This loop starts on one of the most popular trails, Sunset Ridge and is a 5.7 mile strenuous hiking trail near Underhill, Vermont. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing. Sunset Ridge Trail Long Trail CCC Road

Hillary Cronin
4 days ago

7 Completed8 Reviews

Beautiful hike -perfect weather which helped!Challenging in various ways (inclines ,rock climbing ,and then downward !Beautiful half day hike -gorgeous views

Ben Harman
14 days ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Views worth the climb. Trail was in good shape, not too muddy. Above the tree line, mostly solid rock and in a few places more like climbing than hiking.

Katie Jordan
1 month ago

2 Completed3 Reviews

Julie Fortin
6 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Première "vraie" montagne pour moi, un défi relevé dans un endroit fantastique!

Kara Donaldson
6 months ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

Awesome sunny day with fantastic views!

Kirk Andrew
7 months ago

62 Completed18 Reviews

One of my favourite hikes in the region!

Jim Girardin
7 months ago

11 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful cool Fall day to hike! Up Laura Cowles and above ridgeline the chin was socked in by clouds but down below the beautiful leaf colors were especially vibrant w/ sun streaming into the Pleasant Valley w/ nice views on trek down Sunset Ridge. Laura Cowles is very direct and somewhat steep up. Fairly constant 'climbing' (after approx 1/2 way point) but plenty of good rock and tree handholds. This route is also more sheltered from the wind and elements compared to Sunset Ridge. Hiked with our 3 1/2 yr old Sheltie, she did great. Take your time, find your groove and enjoy the beauty of the Underhill State Park!

Jim Girardin
7 months ago

11 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful cool Fall day to hike! Up Laura Cowles and above ridgeline the chin was socked in by clouds but down below the beautiful leaf colors were especially vibrant w/ sun streaming into the Pleasant Valley w/ nice views on trek down Sunset Ridge. Laura Cowles is very direct and somewhat steep up. Fairly constant 'climbing' (after approx 1/2 way point) but plenty of good rock and tree handholds. This route is also more sheltered from the wind and elements compared to Sunset Ridge. Hiked with our 3 1/2 yr old Sheltie, she did great. Take your time, find your groove and enjoy the beauty of the Underhill State Park!

Holly Marie Cloutier
8 months ago

28 Completed17 Reviews

Hiked this yesterday (autumn equinox)...it was a BEAUTIFUL day, and the exposure of Sunset Ridge was just perfect..I started from Underhill State Park so there was a nice lead in/warm up on the CCC road, then it was all up! Such a satisfying challenge! I would not recommend hiking this route if you are not conditioned or if you have a dog. Very steep and strenuous... it is also very exposed, so be aware of the weather and pack ample protection/resources!

Kevin B.
8 months ago

Katie Jordan
8 months ago

2 Completed3 Reviews

I did it two days ago and am really feeling sore. I stretched so well better, during and after. The view is AMAZING up top but not an easy hike by any means.

Zhuang Liu
8 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Katie Gillespie
8 months ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

Andrew Paisley
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

This is a difficult trail in parts especially coming down. We went up the Sunset Ridge Trail and came down the Laura Cowels trail. Steep rocky inclines with slippery rock are the norm on the LC part of the trail. A lot of butt-sliding was required to get down. The view was obstructed by the clouds but still it was a great hike. Loved the challenge the streams and creaks were lovely. Really enjoyed breaking through the tree line and getting to explore The Chin of Mt. Mansfield. Be aware there is a $4 per person entry fee. This hike is no joke--not for the unsteady. Enjoy!!

Thor Vue
9 months ago

14 Completed14 Reviews

Not much scenery until you reach about 3/4 of a way to the top. The good news with that is that you won't burn away as much water sweating since you're protected from the sun and elements, but don't get me wrong, this is a moderately challenging trail.

Edwin Purvee
10 months ago

10 Completed9 Reviews

This is a very challenging hike, with some challenging climbs and some near rock climbing required to reach the summit. The views at the top make it all worth it. It is spectacular up there and is one of the better hikes you can have in New England.

Michel Tremblay
11 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

belle trail. ma premiere vrai montagne ou le sommet est vraiment nue

Greg Tappin
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Wonderful trail. Worth the strenuous hike for some fantastic views of Lake Champlain, the White Mountains, and other peaks visible from the summit. A couple spots you need to be ready to make a good stretch at to get over some rocks. I hiked this last fall and it was a gorgeous day, slight breeze. Enough to wear a tshirt on the way up and then throw on a long sleeve tech shirt. Very well marked and it's a trail I would recommend to anyone.

James Macduff
1 year ago

47 Completed3 Reviews

Sunset Ridge trail - earned 5 stars because it is a challenging and fun trail when done during pleasant weather or with the proper equipment. Hiked this trail yesterday and there was ample snow and ice above treeline- got less than 0.5mi from the Chin before having to turn around. Bummer! Mt. Mansfield will likely be snowcapped for the rest of the season; be careful.

Baer Tierkel
1 year ago

28 Completed13 Reviews

We wimped out and drove to the top, and then hiked to the summit. Still, such a wonderful spot!