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Halfway House Trail to Sunset Ridge

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6.0 mile 9.6 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,581' 787 m
Descent: -2,578' -786 m
High: 4,366' 1,331 m
Low: 1,845' 562 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)

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A rigorous loop with scenic views of Underhill State Park and that summits Mount Mansfield.

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views

Overview

This is a rigorous, beautiful hike with amazing scenic views of Underhill State Park and Lake Champlain in the distance.

Description

This extremely scenic 6-mile loop is full of scrambling, steep grades, and navigating small caves with a mellow ridge descent. After parking you'll follow Eagle Cut Trail, a mellow gradual trail, to the the Halfway House trailhead. From the Halfway House trailhead, the trail begins right away with a steep climb that continues for the duration of Halfway House Trail until you reach the Canyon Trail, which traverses the ridge to the summit of Mount Mansfield. The descent on Sunset Ridge Trail is a steep but mellow trail that has scenic views up until the tree line. If you're feeling up to it, check out Cantilever Rock Overlook along the way, an off-trail short connector to a scenic overlook.

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Jul 26, 2019
Lindsay Eichenberger
Happy Anniversary — 11h 00m
Jul 7, 2019
Andrew Parise
Very challenging , especially parts of the descent but amazing views from the top of MT Mansfield 6mi
Jun 14, 2019
Jonas Welt
Mar 19, 2019
Jorel Butkovich
Went real slow not to beat the sunrise and freeze. Saw moon set and sunrise. Beautiful - trail was snow packed and spikes not snow shoes were needed. 8mi
Feb 16, 2019
Tori Tyler
Dec 29, 2018
Sunil Narayan
Oct 16, 2018
Andrew O'Loughlin
Beautiful fall hike. Would not recommend canyon extension trail after first snow; some fairly slick technical portions on a cliff. 7.6mi
Oct 7, 2018
Eric P.
We followed this track to the tee and it was accurate. The fog took away the view but made it magical. Very nice hike with many technical sections.

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Peaceful and content after a day's hiking, you're sure to enjoy the view from "The Chin" looking down on Stowe.
Apr 4, 2017 near Morristown, VT
Trekking across Mount Mansfield's summit.
May 27, 2018 near Morristown, VT
The summit of Mount Mansfield leaves little to be desired.
Mar 30, 2017 near Morristown, VT
You can drive to the summit of Mt Mansfield or or hike the 2,500 ft in elevation over a one of kind 5.1 mile trail.... you know what to do!
Feb 28, 2018 near Morristown, VT
Mansfield Summit in May - Nathan Palmisano
Jun 3, 2018 near Morristown, VT
Toward the base of Mount Mansfield, the Sunset Ridge Trail traverses thick forests rife with roots and rocks.
Apr 4, 2017 near Jericho, VT

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