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Mt. Mansfield State Forest

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Mount Mansfield State Forest is the largest contiguous tract of land managed by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (Essex and Barre District Offices).

There are four state parks contained within the boundaries of the forest including Little River State Park, Smuggler's Notch State Park, Underhill State Park and Waterbury Center State Park, as well as two Natural Areas, including Daniels Notch Natural Area and Mt. Mansfield Natural Area.

The forest is named for Mount Mansfield, the highest point in Vermont.

Gems in Mt. Mansfield State Forest - 1

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gem Favorite The summit of Mount Mansfield leaves little to be desired.

Mt Mansfield - "The Chin"

(10) Morristown, VT

Recommended Routes in Mt. Mansfield State Forest - 2

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Favorite The summit of Mount Mansfield leaves little to be desired.
Difficult

Sunset Ridge Out-and-Back

5.1 mi 8.2 km 2,496' Up 760.9 m Up 2,491' Down 759.16 m Down

Jericho, VT
Favorite The summit of Mount Mansfield leaves little to be desired.
Difficult

Halfway House Trail to Sunset Ridge

6.0 mi 9.6 km 2,581' Up 786.63 m Up 2,578' Down 785.84 m Down

Jericho, VT

Mt. Mansfield State Forest Running

  • 106 Miles 171 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 3 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 12 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 14 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Mt. Mansfield State Forest - 27

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0.4 mi 0.6 km #1Canyon North Extension Trail
Difficult
Jericho, VT
Difficult
Jericho, VT
0.6 mi 0.9 km #2Wampahoofus Trail
Difficult
Jericho, VT
Difficult
Jericho, VT
1.7 mi 2.7 km #3Sunset Ridge Trail
Difficult
Jericho, VT
Difficult
Jericho, VT
1.1 mi 1.7 km #4Hellbrook Trail
Very Difficult
Morristown, VT
Very Difficult
Morristown, VT
1.5 mi 2.4 km #5Barnes Camp Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Stowe, VT
Intermediate/Difficult
Stowe, VT
0.4 mi 0.6 km #6Profanity Trail
Difficult
Morristown, VT
Difficult
Morristown, VT
0.4 mi 0.7 km #7Canyon North Trail
Very Difficult
Jericho, VT
Very Difficult
Jericho, VT
1.0 mi 1.7 km #8Maple Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Jericho, VT
Intermediate/Difficult
Jericho, VT
0.9 mi 1.5 km #9Laura Cowles Trail
Difficult
Jericho, VT
Difficult
Jericho, VT
1.1 mi 1.7 km #10Halfway House Trail
Difficult
Jericho, VT
Difficult
Jericho, VT

Photos of Mt. Mansfield State Forest - 19

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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
A one of a kind view from the Chin of Mt Mansfield, looking north onto the Long Trail
Jul 6, 2019 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
Don't be discouraged by the Sunset Ridge Trail's strenuous climbing and multiple false summits. The view up top is worth it all!
Mar 30, 2017 near Morristown, VT
This is pretty typical for the Eagle Cut Trail.
Apr 4, 2017 near Jericho, VT
Few places bring me as much joy as hiking to the summit of Mt Mansfield near Stowe, VT.
Jul 6, 2019 near Morristown, VT
Mansfield Ridge features the Nose (with TV towers; i.e. "NoseHairs") and the Forehead when seen from the Sunset Ridge Trail.
Apr 3, 2017 near Morristown, VT