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black 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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Snowy, Icy - Snow packed. Spikes not snowshoes are needed for sunset ridge portion

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

Simeon Pol

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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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.
Sep 24, 2018
Peter Sneeringer
Clouds covered the top but beautiful views on the way down sunset ridge. 6.2mi
Jul 2, 2018
John Robinson
2mi
May 26, 2018
Matt Strimas-Mackey
Rainy, wet conditions, but otherwise a great morning on the trail. 6mi

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