- Driving Distance: 80 miles, approx. 1.5 hrs
- Hiking Distance: several routes available, 4+ miles
- Difficulty Level: Moderate to strenuous, depending on chosen route and time of year
Mt. Mansfield is the tallest mountain in Vermont at 4,393 ft. Its name is derived from the fact that, when viewed from the side, the ridge looks like the profile of a human face. The Long Trail takes you by the adam's apple, over the chin, upper and lower lips, by the nose, and over the forehead along a rocky, open ridge. The ridge stays above treeline for over two miles, offering beautiful views of three states-New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. On a clear day, one can enjoy views of the Adirondaks, Lake Champlain, the spine of the Green Mountains, and even as far as the Presidentials. The Chin is the highest point and makes for an excellent lunch spot.
Take W. Wheelock out of Hanover to I91 South. Turn onto I89 at White River Junct. and continue on the highway (for the bulk of the trip)to exit 10 (Waterbury/Stowe). Take a right onto Rt. 100. Soon after crossing into Stowe, take a left onto Moscow Rd. Follow for about 1.5 miles, then take a right onto Barrows Rd. At the end of this road, turn right onto Luce Hill Rd. Follow for about 0.5 miles and turn left onto Rt. 108. This takes you to Stowe Mountain Resort and Smugglers Notch. There is a parking lot at the base of Smuggler's Notch and at the base of the ski trails at the Gondola.
- Long Trail South: Start at the Long Trail trailhead near the base of Smuggler's Notch. This route offers a pretty direct climb to the chin. The trail climbs past Taft Lodge at about 2 miles, then ascends steeply to the summit. The last pitch is very steep and involves some scrambling.
- Haselton Trail: Start at the base of the Gondola lift at the Stowe Mt. Resort. The Haselton Trail is one of the easiest and most direct routes to the ridge. It threads through the woods between ski trails, finally emerging on the Nose dive trail. It then turns onto the Toll Rd. and follows this gradually up to the information building below the nose. To reach the Chin from here, follow the Long Trail North along the ridge for about two miles.