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Mount Mansfield

Vermont's highest peak, renowned for its hiking trails, winter sports, and distinctive summit ridgeline that resembles a human profile.

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Take a swing at Vermont's highest peak! There are a few ways up: the popular Loop Trail (7 miles, 2,880 ft gain), the scenic Sunset Ridge Trail ( 6 miles, 2,690 ft gain), the hell-like Hellbrook Trail (3.7 miles, 2,683 ft gain) — you can even take the Stowe gondola ($30) to the Cliff Trail (1.3 miles, 800 foot gain) if long climbs aren't your thing. Spikes recommended for fall and spring— the summit is covered in snow & ice. For post-hike views, cruise through Smugglers' Notch and stop in Stowe for a beer at The Alchemist.

leah 3 years ago

Mount Mansfield is Vermont's highest mountain and has a summit ridge that resembles a human face when viewed from the east, with features such as the Adams Apple, Chin, Nose, and Forehead. The Long Trail is mostly above treeline for around 2.3 miles, making it the longest stretch of alpine zone in Vermont, with delicate vegetation that needs to be protected. Mount Mansfield is also home to about 200 acres of Arctic Tundra, one of only two places in Vermont where this can be found, the other being Camels Hump!

leah 1 year ago

Mount Mansfield Guides

  • Vermont's Best Mountains for a Day Hike

    leah (Leah Fishman)
    If you're itching to get out of the city and explore Vermont's scenic beauty, then you're in luck. Vermont is home to some of the best mountains for a day hike, offering stunning views and unforgettable experiences. Whether you're an experienced hiker or a newbie, this list of the best Vermont mountains for a day hike has got you covered. Happy hiking!
  • leaf peeping in vermont

    leah (Leah Fishman)
    Fall leaves are on the forecast for Vermont, so it's time to start leaf peeping, folks. The vibrant color change begins in mid-September and runs through the first two to three weeks in October — depending on rain conditions and elevation. Here are some of my fave spots
  • best hikes in vermont

    leah (Leah Fishman)
    If you're into crisp fall foliage, whirling waterfalls, sweeping views, foothill farms, summit swims, and petting *all* the trail dogs, Vermont hiking is for you. If you're not into those things, I mean, who even are you? The best part about Vermont hiking is that it's accessible: every climb is doable in a day (besides the Long Trail, we'll get to that later), with promises of beer flights and yummy local bites when you safely make your way back down. I've spent the last 10 years testing Vermont's trails so that you don't have to & here are some of my faves:

Mount Mansfield Articles

  • Top Places to See Fall Foliage in the US 2023

    In hues of amber, crimson, and ochre, fall conjures up cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice, and fabulous fall foliage Predicting the best time to see the leaves change is tricky, but many states offer foliage trackers to help travelers time their trips. Looking at past peak periods can also help predict the best time to take […]