Mansfield Mountain - Sunset Ridge - Long Trail- Loop

#1 of 7 trails in Underhill State Park

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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.

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Andrew Paisley (68)

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 (157)

7 Completed7 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 (1460)

9 Completed8 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 (180)

5 Completed5 Reviews

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

Greg Tappin (169)

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 (202)

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 (1204)

27 Completed13 Reviews

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

John Parizeau (103)

3 Completed2 Reviews

What a great hike !!! Did it on Friday after Labor Day so we were pretty much on our own. We're in our fifties so we were a bit sore the next day, but well worth it !! Hope to do it again soon !

Mary JM (369)

7 Completed7 Reviews

Seriously a kickass hike!!! Strenuous enough to give you a great work and well worth the scenery!!!

Maria Wishart (5566)

59 Completed82 Reviews

My husband and I are working on hiking all of Vermont's 4000-footers, which is manageable because there are five! This was our second one. We hiked up the Sunset Ridge Trail which is accessed by the CCC Road which is an easy one mile walk from the parking area through a wooded section with a small gradual incline. At what looks like a dead-end there will be a box to sign in at, an informational board and a picnic table. Take a left to access Sunset Ridge Trail. It's always difficult to say how difficult or challenging a hike is because people are at different levels when they read these. Some people have hiked a ton of mountains, others more cross-country style hiking and others not much experience. For us, we've been hiking for about 2 years and have done both Massachusetts and Connecticut on the Appalachian Trail, hiked all over Greylock and summited that over 20 times, if not more, and various other trails/smaller mountains. The incline up is very rocky, which is positive because with rocks, you gain elevation a bit easier than with dirt trail. Watch your footing in spots because there's a lot of roots. There are steps here and there and the trail is very well maintained. I would highly suggested the short side trip to Cantilever Rock. Beautiful views and a great resting spot. After this side trail the climb will become steeper as you go above tree line but the views are breathtaking. Though there are many people on the trail, the spacing between them is not too tight because everyone we encountered had slowed at this point. Soon you'll see the hunk of rock of Mansfield "the chin" summit. Eventually the trail leads into the Long Trail for your final summit push. Views are beautiful but you will encounter crowds on a nice day. Stay on the trail because there is fragile alpine vegetation.
We continued down the Long Trail across the ridgeline which takes you over the Upper Lip and Lower Lip to the visitor center (which is pretty run down but has some information about the mountain and no bathrooms, just port-a-potties). I'd highly recommend crossing over the ridgeline. It's beautiful.
We continued on to the Nose (you can't summit because of radio/tv towers) then on to the Forehead to take the Maple Ridge Trail down. Warning! The Maple Ridge Trail is extremely steep and has a lot of smooth slab to descend. Probably easier going up then down. On this descent you are above tree line for a good portion of the hike. We chose to sit and slide at points due to the grade and smoothness of the rock and then there were some rock scrambles. If you go down this way you will (after 2.1mi) come to the CCC Road. Take note: This is not the same section of it you left at the beginning of your hike. You will have to hike along this part of the CCC Road for about a mile before reaching the area with the picnic table, then another mile back to the car.

Though this hike is challenging, it is probably my favorite. The views are well worth every step you take. Just take your time and enjoy!