Height: 4393 ft
Highpoint #: 5
Trails: Sunset Ridge Trail (from
Distance: About 5.8 miles roundtrip.
Vertical Gain: ~2000 ft
Time Taken: 5 hrs
Weather: Partly cloudy skies. 70s. Cold and gusty at the top
Comments: Once again we were
blessed with a really nice day, although haze obscured our views from the
summit. This was certainly our most fun hike to date. The trail was really
cool, with lots of roots and soil rather than strewn rocks, and although it was
wet in places, for some reason there was no mud. The bugs were out a little but
were barely noticeable. We followed the road up a bit, crossing it a few times
as it weaved up the mountain. The views got nice once we got to the ridge, and
the last half of the hike was filled with great scenery. We took a detour to
check out Cantilever rock, which is essentially a spike of rock that protrudes
horizontally out from the side of the mountain for about thirty feet. JO and Jay climbed up some treacherous rock
faces to get to it and then walked out to the end. It's pretty damn cool,
definitely stop over and check it out if you hike the same trail. From the top
JO standing on top of Cantilever Rock, a 30 foot chunk of rock wedged into the side of the mountain.
Our first view of the “Chin” of Mount Mansfield. The true summit is just out of view behind this false summit.
A view of the Stowe ski resort on the east side of Mount Mansfield. This is the side of the normal approach in all of the highpointing books.
JO and Jay on the summit.
The trail we took down was less a trail as it was a river.