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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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Butler Lodge Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Wonderful trail. The hike is gorgeous and includes many different kinds of mushrooms, a waterfall, and scenery to die for (I hiked this trail on July 30). Make sure you wear shoes with good tread as this trail has a ton of slippery rocks.

Round-trip it took me about 2 1/2 hours. I will definitely be back!

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Butler Lodge Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Wonderful trail. The hike is gorgeous! So many different kinds of mushrooms! Make sure you wear shoes with good tread as there are a lot of slippery rocks on this hike.
It took me about an hour and 15 min. to hike to the top, and about an hour back down. I will definitely be back to this trail.

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Hunger Mountain, Waterbury Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

This was a great hike with gorgeous views from the summit. I felt it was pretty challenging but I was also trying to keep up with a slightly faster group of people. The waterfall was really neat and had some nice places to cool off. Our group got caught in a torrential downpour on our way down but it was very refreshing and we graciously welcomed it.

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Monroe Skyline, Lincoln Gap to Appalachian Gap
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Beautiful hike! We did this as an overnight instead of a day hike. The trail offered awesome views and was well maintained.

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Hell Brook (Mt. Mansfield)
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41 Completed 18 Reviews

Unfortunately, before I set off my hiking buddies on this trail, I didn't read that it was the steepest and the most technically difficult route to the summit. Although the name HELL BROOK should have given me an idea :) Well, we got there pretty fast, before the group that abandoned us at the campsite :) and I have to say that going down the route they took up - I was really happy I didn't have to take on the way up. I guess EASY has many definitions. Nevertheless, if I was to choose the trail next time I would still pick the Hell Brook trail. The views at the top were magnificent which is so rewarding after any difficult hike. But, it is not a long hike and there is plenty of time to hit the local breweries if you find yourself in this area for the October Fest ... Like we did :)

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Mansfield Mountain - Sunset Ridge - Long Trail- Loop
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53 Completed 74 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!

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Causeway Park Rail-Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Outstanding ride on a summer evening

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Burrows Trail
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19 Completed 16 Reviews

Hiked up to Camels Hump via the Burrows Trail on a beautiful sunny day, it was a sunday so it was pretty busy on the trails but everyone seemed very nice. it took us about 3 hours to get to the summit and when we arrived at the top I was amazed with the views, I had forgotten just how beautiful VT was and I'm so glad to have done this hike, I think I'll be doing more in the Green mountain state! We took the same trail down and were moving a little better ascending and made it down in just 2 hours. So with a 3 hour ride back to Nashua, NH we were on our way with still beautiful views all around with the farmland and farm houses its just an amazing area!!

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Lowell Lake
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a great little hike, very casual and great for kids or inexperience hikers. It's more of a walk in the woods around Lowell lake, very level terrain with little change in elevation. There is also a boat launch for canoes/kayaks and it's a great spot for paddling. Lots of cool abandoned cabins from an old summer camp that are fun to explore as well.

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The Long Trail
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11 Completed 1 Reviews

For those looking for a nice challenge, try the route I took:
From Rt.108, take the Long Trail about 3/4 the way up, and through the trees on your left (~30 yards) you will see the black diamond ski trial Chin Clip. Cut over to it and ascend until you reach the Cliff House. Cross in front of the Cliff House heading west ( ~75 yards toward The Nose) until you see the sign for Cliff Trail on your right. From here, the ridge line is a mere 3/10 mile, but the Cliff Trial offers some scrambling, squeezing and bouldering that makes for a fun last leg. The Cliff Trial then meets the Long Trail again, which you follow another ten minutes to the summit. This alpine area of The Chin is probably the least demanding part of the hike, so don't be spooked by other reviews (perhaps these hikers were suddenly more aware of the elevation at this point which made the trail seem harder?). It's probably best to descend via the Long Trail, although the same route can be taken back, which is what I opted to do. However, misty/rainy conditions make the Cliff Trail section hard to descend (and carrying a wet dog wasn't helping me either :P). But, as I said, it's a nice challenge, and well worth it. Good luck!

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