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Halfway House Trail to Sunset Ridge

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6.0 mile 9.6 kilometer loop
60% Runnable
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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.

Simeon Pol

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views

Overview

This is a rigorous, beautiful run 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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Aug 1, 2019
John Stevenson
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  4.9 from 9 votes

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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
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
Clouds float over the Sunset Ridge Trail heading up to Mt. Mansfield.
Mar 30, 2017 near Morristown, VT

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