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Mansfield Mountain - Sunset Ridge - Long Trail- Loop

Underhill, VT

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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Quechee Campground Trail
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Check out our photos and review on our hiking blog!
http://traveltheeast.blogspot.com/2014/07/quechee-gorge-quechee-vt-travel-east.html

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Slot Trail
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105 Completed 81 Reviews

Nice view from just off the main summit but prepare to encounter tourists galore as the path leads to the top of the auto road from the state park. I usually ascend on the Windsor and walk down it from the summit a ways but the trail itself is only a mile or less.

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Bucklin Trail, Killington
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Ascutney: Round the Monadnock
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105 Completed 81 Reviews

Some of the best scenic driving in Vermont via routes 131, 106 and 10.

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Paran-Frost Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Parked at lake but could not find much of a trail. Followed train tracks for awhile and then turned back.

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Pine Hill Park
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Great lower level trails. Perfect for beginner mountain bikers!

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Hawks Mountain WMA
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105 Completed 81 Reviews

I am new to this wilderness area, there are no established trails to the summits that I have found yet. This trailhead does have a sign that says it is the wilderness management area but there is a gate and after about a mile a hunting camp; from that point there is a couple of trails from the property that have randomly marked trees (blue paint, pink plastic ties) but the trail itself is very unmaintained and primitive. I was able to make the closest high point using the GPS, this however was in true bush-whacking style. As you can tell by my track I've barely touched this ridge but I'm going to explore it further and will continue to track my excursions..

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Mansfield Mountain - Sunset Ridge - Long Trail- Loop
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47 Completed 3 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.

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Mount Ephraim
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105 Completed 81 Reviews

So I parked at the dirt turnaround opposite the Stelafane Observatory, walked roughly a mile to where the Jordan road breaks right/straight, but we bore left through a gate with a public access sign on it. After another half a mile I came to the property of the local landowner that cordially invited us to start up the ridge via a trail on his property that ran between several firewood piles and up a short incline to a vista where the landowner had placed a few benches. From the we walked another half a mile up the ridge to its south end, another open, rocky vista where I believe the views were better. Found a nice large cairn here, according to the landowner, it has been there for several decades. This was a gentle hike, more of a walk. The views are marginal but the property and trail that winds through it are very picturesque.

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Little Ascutney WMA
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105 Completed 81 Reviews

This is a wilderness management area containing the Little Ascutney (1700') and Pierson (1500') peaks. Parking is near the first gate in Winter, and at the turn-around by the second gate during the warm months. The access road is very nice and even allowed my lowered car to be driven to the second gate. Passing the second gate, bear right onto the less beaten path which after a couple miles will bring you atop the south facing ridge of Little Ascutney. If you continue straight after the second gate, you'll find yourself in a small web of snowmobile trails, one of which led to a small but picturesque wetland, however the majority encircles a large field great for bird watching. None of these other snowmobile trails appeared to lead towards the Pierson summit, which I assume can only be attained by bush whacking.

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