Long Trail South to Mt. Mansfield peak

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Mount Mansfield (elevation 4,393 feet) is the highest mountain in Vermont. From the east its ridge resembles the profile of a human face, and the names of its prominent features reflect this: Adams Apple (4,060'), Chin (4,393', highest point), Nose (4,062') and Forehead (3,940'). For about 2.3 miles (from the Forehead to Adams Apple) the Long Trail is almost constantly above treeline, the only such long stretch of alpine zone in Vermont. The trail ascends steeply at first, but soon eases through the forest with steps built in. The trail continues to ascend quite steeply, with a very steep ascent just before reaching the Taft Lodge at the 1.7 mile mark. Continue up the trail to the 2.0 mile mark and the junction at Eagle Pass. Continue South 0.3 mile and ascend the steep face of the Chin to the panoramic summit of Mount Mansfield, 4393' above sea level. Your return hike follows the same trails back to the parking area. Duration is about 6.5 hours round trip.
Trail length: 5 miles
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  • Posted by Sarah Hikes on October 31, 2011


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    Reviewed by LightFoot on October 31, 2011

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    I was there in Autumn when the leaves were painting the landscape. This place is beautiful this time of year. The trail goes up, up, up. You have to scramble a few times to reach the peak. My blood was really flowing while climbing up the rock face with the howling, freezing wind trying to blow me off the mountainside! The trail crosses some streams and falls. A highlight was crossing the tree line into the Alpine zone where all the trees were bonzai-like. This is a trail with a lot to offer.
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    Reviewed by Sarah Hikes on October 31, 2011

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    This is one of the longest, coldest, most intense, and most painful, but most memorable hikes I've ever done. You must be in really good physical condition and be able to withstand very cold arctic wind once you get to the top of the mountain. The trail is very steep and rocky and once at the top the wind is frigid (it was October) and there is ice on the trees. Getting down was harder than going up because I was freezing and very tired by then. However, the view was amazing and it was Autumn so the trees looked beautiful. It was definitely worth the struggle to conquer Mount Mansfield.
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    Long Trail South to Mt. Mansfield peak 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.

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