Smugglers Notch to Mt Mansfield

Hiking in Stowe & Smugglers Notch

No hiking experience in Vermont compares to the scenic, challenging climb (3.5 miles, five hours) from Smugglers Notch to Mt Mansfield – the highest peak in the state at 4395ft, thought by some to resemble a man's profile in repose.

Follow the Long Trail to Mansfield's 'chin,' then go south along the summit ridge to Profanity Trail. Follow that aptly named route to Taft Lodge, then take the Long Trail back down.

To reach the trailhead from Stowe, follow VT 108 west from Stowe to the Long Trail parking area, 0.7 miles past Stowe Mountain Resort ski area.

An extremely scenic alternate route, the Sunset Ridge Trail, leads up the west side of the mountain from Underhill State Park.