Mount Mansfield is a 4,393 foot mountain located in the Green Mountains of Vermont. It is the tallest peak in the entire state. Mount Mansfield has many secondary peaks including The Nose, Forehead and the Adam’s Apple.
Elevation: 4,393 feet
Elevation gain: 2,800 feet
Distance: 4.8 miles roundtrip
Duration (book time): 3 hours
The Long Trail
From the parking lot, follow the Long trail for roughly 2 miles. You will pass by the Taft Lodge, an overnight spot for hikers. You will stay on the Long Trail by keeping left here. For 0.3 miles, hike until you reach the summit of Mount Mansfield, AKA The Chin. To get back to the parking lot, simply retrace your steps the way you came.
Elevation gain: 2,683 feet
Distance: 3.7 miles roundtrip
Duration (book time): 4 hours
Camping and Overnight Hiking Options
There is lodging at the Green Mountain Club’s Taft Lodge. A reader has added: The “lodge rate” is $6 per person
The parking lot for the Long Trail is located on Route 108 in Underhill, Vermont.
From I-89 North, take exit 10 for VT-100 South towards Waterbury US-2. Drive for roughly 0.3 miles and make a turn right onto VT-100 North. Drive for about 9.5 miles, then turn left onto VT-108 N/Mountain Road. Drive for another 9 miles and the trailhead parking lot will be on the right side of the road. *NOTE* The actual trail begins on the left side of the road.
Sunny, with a high near 31. South wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
A chance of freezing rain after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. South wind 21 to 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Rain and freezing rain likely before 1pm, then rain showers likely between 1pm and 4pm, then snow showers likely. Cloudy. High near 34, with temperatures falling to around 27 in the afternoon. Southwest wind 35 to 43 mph, with gusts as high as 53 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible. Little or no ice accumulation expected.
A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -9. West wind 23 to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
A chance of snow showers before 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 17. West wind 13 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. South wind 16 to 20 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. Southwest wind 20 to 28 mph.
Andrea is a writer, hiker, and adventurer from New England. She enjoys snowboarding, sunrise hikes, winter, night hiking, traveling, and photography.