Sunset Ridge Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 2,496' 761 m
Descent: -2,491' -759 m
High: 4,342' 1,323 m
Low: 1,845' 562 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
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“This is the quintessential Vermont hike, offering spectacular 360° views as your reward for climbing a steep pitch.”— Lou Poulas
The second portion of the route is wonderful, with minor rock scrambling and a lot of hiking on exposed rock faces. The summit itself is the highest peak in Vermont and offers 360° panoramic views of the surrounding areas including the town of Stowe.
A little under a mile later, end your trek on Eagle Cut Trail and CCC Road (also called Mountain Road) and get on Sunset Ridge Trail (there is signage for this trail and the Laura Cowles Trail).
The fun begins here as you traverse through forest, alongside many streams with multiple bridge crossings, and the incline starts in earnest.
After the low woods, the trail emerges into mountain evergreens and eventually exposed rock face up to the summit. Eventually, the trail breaks through the treeline as well.
When Sunset Ridge Trail concludes near the top, be sure to make a quick left onto the Long Trail (Mansfield to VT108) to truly reach the summit and bask in the wonderful view.
Descend the same route, or for a longer descent and crest hiking, follow the Long Trail to CCC Road and back to the Underhill Parking area.