“A rigorous loop with scenic views of Underhill State Park and that summits Mount Mansfield.”
— Simeon Pol
Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views
This is a rigorous, beautiful run with amazing scenic views of Underhill State Park and Lake Champlain in the distance.
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.