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Mount Mansfield State Forest, Stowe

#1 of 74 in Nature in Vermont
Mountain · Nature / Park
Reach the very top of Vermont with a climb up Mount Mansfield State Forest, the state's highest mountain. With a summit over 1,300 m (4,300 ft) above sea level, this peak is one of only three spots in Vermont where alpine tundra survives from as far back as the last Ice Age. Said to resemble a human profile, and most distinct when viewed from the east, the mountain offers visitors different views via several hiking trails. Some of the most popular trails start from a state park located on the western side of the mountain, where the terrain naturally provides a good shelter from adverse weather conditions. Check online for trail conditions and closings before you make the trip. Plan trip to Stowe with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • I went on an all day hike. Much of our hike was under the canopy of trees and in the shade which made for a very pleasant experience. It was rocky terrain and I highly recommend walking sticks and...  more »
  • 2nd time hiking, fantastic hike Sunset Ridge trail. Recommend getting there early, By the time we were heading down there were > 100 people on the peak.  more »
  • What an amazing hike. Highly recommend taking the laural trail first even though it's the most strenuous it's all worth it. Once you get to the top it's some of the best views in New England. The loop back down sunset ridge is breath taking and much easier
  • I loved my hike through and up Mount Mansfield. The paths are well laid out and maintained its a fairly gentle hike (sunset ridge) with only a few steep sections. Take your time and expect to spend around 5hours going up and down on this hike - much more rewarding than taking the gondola up!
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