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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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Little Ascutney WMA
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88 Completed 68 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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Hell Brook & Long Trail
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Hell Brook Trail definitely was challenging. Make sure you wear waterproof hiking boots and protective clothing such as long pants and a long sleeved shirt. This hike is a mind and full body workout. Bring plenty of water and a snack. You must be sure footed and in good physical shape. Treacherous at times, very steep, and slippery especially because you must cross multiple streams. I would call this trail more of a rock climbing trail than a hiking trail. My husband and I traveled about 3 miles up when we reached Hells Cut Off Trail. It started raining, so, we thought it was best to turn back and follow the exact trail down we just climbed. Wow! It was just as difficult hiking down as it was hiking up. I only recommend this trail for the adventurous and extremely experienced hiker. Great workout and the waterfalls were lovely!

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Little Rock Pond Trail
by Lance Clarke

5 Completed 5 Reviews

Pretty easy trail, although mud can be an issue. Very pretty destination though, and definitely a family friendly hike. Kids will love this.
I hiked this as part of the Long Trail, and so didn't hike all the way around the pond.

Only issue I had was with some dog owners. If your dog isn't well behaved, in this includes barking, please keep your dog on a leash. The racket from incessant dog barking was what prompted me to keep hiking to the next shelter.

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Mansfield Mountain - Sunset Ridge - Long Trail- Loop
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26 Completed 11 Reviews

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

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Springweather Dams via Sand Hill
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88 Completed 68 Reviews

tfuncti pretty long loop but none of the train is very challenging. Trail starts at the small pull off dirt parking just past the Stoughton Pond dam, continues south towards the North Springfield Reservoir and dam following wooden post markers with the blue arrows. After passing the dam, bear right heading North on a smooth bicycle path that runs the full length of the Springfield airport, arriving at the Perkinsville power dam recreation area. Bear right past the next gate onto the snowmobile trail, after a short walk along this field you will bear right again towards the river on an unmarked path leading out through a tall grassy area. Soon you will find yourself at a very narrow and shallow crossing area, the other side is of course the initial section of trail you started on. This is a somewhat primitive loop but can be done quite easily with the tracking function.

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Springweather Dams via Sand Hill
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88 Completed 68 Reviews

This is a pretty long loop but none of the terrain is very challenging. Trail starts at the small pull off dirt parking just past the Stoughton Pond dam, continues south towards the North Springfield Reservoir and dam following wooden post markers with the green and then blue arrows. After passing the dam, bear right heading North on a smooth bicycle path that runs the full length of the Springfield airport, arriving at the Perkinsville power dam recreation area. Bear right past the next gate onto the snowmobile trail, after a short walk along this field you will bear right again towards the river on an unmarked path leading out through a tall grassy area. Soon you will find yourself at a very narrow and shallow crossing area, the other side is of course being the initial section of trail you started on. This last section makes it a somewhat primitive loop but can be done quite easily with the tracking function.

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Mount Tom, Faulkner Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Did this hike on Oct. 5, 2014. Other reviews complain about finding the trail head? Suggestions - go to the Visitors Center at the Billings Farm and Museum on Rt 12 North of the village of Woodstock (about a mile from town) and ask for a Walking trail Map. ( they keep the 'good ones' under the counter and you have to ask for it .. took two requests for me). With the map, you'll see all the access points to mount Tom including this Faulkner trail. And the loop at the top is nice and level, fast, goes to the little Pond.
Trailhead location - go to the Center Green of Woodstock. Find the covered bridge. Drive across it, then at the first intersection go straight on Mountain road. It will hook to the left. Go about 1/8 mile and there is a Park on the right (Faulkner Park?). park on the street. Follow the black top paths to the rear and you'll see the path ascending the hill side. This trail has numerous Cut-backs (intentional) to make the climb smooth and steady.... after about 4 or 5 of these, we started to cut "straight up the hill" where the ground was clear and shortened the total.
Hike was easy and the view was pretty nice ( 7.0) too. many cross country ski trails at the top .. and the map definitely helps you navigate all of those.

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Weathersfield Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Did the Weathersfield trail hike on Oct 6, 2014. 62 and sunny at the trailhead ( which is 4.2 miles East of the VT intersection of Rt 106 and RT 131 (Downer's Store) on RT 131; Trailhead signs both directions on 131, VERY well marked. Cascade Falls Road is the dirt road. Turn on it then bear left follow to top, dead end, parking for about 8 cars. register and trail map posted. Note the posting below (by Jesepe A.) talks about a road... and parking near the top and a "quick in and out" of about a Mile... he's NOT on THIS Trail ! he must have started from the State Park off of 44A.

It took 2 Hrs and 50 min for GF and I to reach Gus' Overlook at a slow pace ( we are 60 but move along pretty good). The person who measured the distance from the parking lot to Cascade Falls as 0.6 miles must have been a Crow ! It's gotta be 1.1 or so. The 'ladder' or set of stairs is encountered at about 0.3 and it looks worse than it is. Very stable. from there on up it's a steady climb with an occasional down slope to cross a creek... then back up. Little water flowing this time of year. Top was cool and Very windy, about 50 deg... maybe less. Gus's overlook is somewhat sheltered with Pines on the side and a very clear view to the west / SW. We met about 30 people total ( including a Grade school class of 15) and this was a Monday. pretty popular. The trip down from Gus's Overlook took an hour less, 1 Hr, 50 min, including two 5 minute breaks on the way up and same coming down. We missed the Western Overlook as we ran out of time. Next trip we'll start from the State Park Trailhead off of 44A.

Suggestions - wear very stiff soled boots / shoes... lots of rocks and tree roots to step on. I rate this trail as Moderate. No difficult "hands and knees" stuff nor rock climbing. View is 8.5 - really nice.

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Mount Mansfield Loop, Northern Vermont
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

The gondola at the Stowe Mountain Resort is another pleasant trip to nearly the top of Mt. Mansfield. It's $25 for a round trip but it doesn't take you all the way to the top. If you turn left (facing UP the mountain) out of the gondola building you'll find the Cliff Trail. If you turn right you'll encounter the Long Trail and the "Profanity" Trail - which was the route I took up. I met a couple guys at the hut and from there did the "Profanity Trail - without succumbing to cursing out loud. It was a little harder than I remember from undergrad days. Got to the summit just fine and took the Cliff Trail down. Some rock face scrambling and one particularly tricky spot that required a short unsupported jump but I made it down just fine to the gondola ride down. Nice.

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White Rocks Recreation Area Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Just did the keywadin trail yesterday. It is a beautiful view at the top with some rocky moderate terrain the whole way. After you get to all of the cairns and build one walk through them to the right and it will lead you to a look out where the valley opens up for you to see all. On the AT/LT there is a shelter .2 miles off. Be sure to brig snacks to share with through hikers.

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