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ct_highpointerFun hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2014
Decided to take Maple Ridge up to the forehead and follow the ridge to the summit and then down Sunset Ridge.

Maple Ridge was steep but not particularly difficult though there were some fun spots.

Ran into crowds at the visitor center but most stopped at the "lip" to enjoy the views.

Saw the cutoff for the "Subway" on the way to the summit. That was a fun diversion. Definitely take that if you've got the time.

Summit was real windy but not too crowded.

Headed back down Sunset Ridge to the ranger station. 7 hour total trip time. Appreciated the clean facilities at the ranger station to clean up.

Went into Burlington to view Lake Champlain with the Adirondacks as a backdrop. Made for a cool sunset.

HP #5
Posted Aug 16, 2014 9:53 pm

Bluebell08Highpoint #24  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2014


Climbed the ski route from Stowe up to the Gondola "Cliff House" and ascended the Gondola Trail to meet the Summit Ridge to the summit via rock/trail. Beautiful day, 2.5 hours up, 1.5 down including glissading the ski route down.
Posted May 12, 2014 11:09 am

CarvVermont   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2013


Laura Cowles - Sunset Ridge Loop.
Posted Jan 22, 2014 3:30 pm

iamrwoodHiking the Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2013


We climbed the Long Trail up and traversed the Adam's Apple, Chin (Vermont State Highpoint), Lower Lip and Upper Lip on a cool, semi-cloudy summer day.
Posted Jan 13, 2014 11:31 pm

OnagerGreat day climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2013


Drove from Plattsburgh, NY to Underhill. Geared up and took the Sunset Ridge trail to the Chin. Didn't know that hunters were in the area until I heard shots fired on the trail! This trail was a blast. Once above treeline, despite having no views due to snowfall, it becomes a nice little alpine climb. It reminded me off the Lions Head trail on Mount Washington under some snow, though way less steep. We were glad to have our crampons with us though, as there is a good amount of ice covered rock on the trail. Many of the other hikers we passed that day did not have any sort of traction and it made it very slow going for them. The summit ridge was a lot of fun, no views, but the gusts of wind made it pretty rugged up there.. had to throw my balaclava on because I couldnt feel my face.. Came back down the way we came up. Started at 8:45am and got back to the car around 1:30.
Posted Nov 23, 2013 5:24 pm

joseyinnetST HP#23  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2013


Did this one for the holiday. Pouring rain the entire time, which made the rocks pretty slippery. Got a few shiners on my legs from not being careful. Really fun hike though, despite being sopping wet the entire day.
Posted Oct 15, 2013 9:47 am

SMichelleAMoms First  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2013


Took my Momma! Her first summit, went along the ridgeline for some great views the entire way to the summit (good for her and her camera!) Got caught in some fog but had some really nice glimpses on the way back. Easy going hike, perfect for a quick morning meander before travelling on through New England to the coast!
Posted Sep 30, 2013 11:10 pm

LesterLongA nice solo climb
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2013


Up the Laura Cowles and descended on Sunset Ridge. Whole climb took 3.5 hours. Nice views!
Posted Sep 2, 2013 12:08 am

PaulRomano12th State HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2013


Climbed via Laura Cowles and descended on Sunset Ridge. Started at 1pm at reached the top at 2:30pm. A little cloudy but views were still great.
Posted Sep 1, 2013 8:26 pm

Stephen HallGREAT HIKE  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

Stephen Hall

Posted Jul 26, 2013 11:57 pm

agorbounovMansfield via Laura Cowles & Sunset Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010
Hiked up Laura Cowles (a.k.a. the trail that should have switchbacks but doesn't), did a short hike down to Adam's apple via Long Trail (some fun scrambles there) and back down via Sunset Ridge. Nice views, but too many damn drive-ups on the summit.
Posted Jul 2, 2013 10:11 am

huskertriguyGreen Mountains, Swallowed in White  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2013


Sunset Ridge up and back.

Took 5 hours as I raced a Half-Ironman the day before in Minnesota, then flew in to BDL at 11 p.m. and drove the 4 hours to the trailhead.

I definitely took a few spills on rocks that were wet from earlier rains and condensation. There was not much to see from the summit as the fog was thick, and with the wind beating down, I did not stay long.

On the way back down Sunset, the clouds began to clear and the views of the beautiful Green Mountains opened up. I saw plenty of people on their way up after noon.

SHP #30
Posted Jun 13, 2013 11:22 pm

funnyfarmHighpoint #9  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2013


Great view at the top. I can't believe it rained on me yet again when beautiful day had been forecast. Heading to Mt Washington for tomorrow.
Posted Jun 8, 2013 9:26 am

whatdoIknownice hike  Sucess!


hiked up after a 5 mile race nearby
Posted May 28, 2013 11:49 am

sredfernRan it...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2009


Ran most of the way to the top via the access road in the Race to the Top of VT. After I finished 59th in 50 min, I jogged up to the true summit about 1 mile further.
Posted May 25, 2013 12:17 am

Russell NashHP #5 Sunset Ridge Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2013

Russell Nash

We came in from Underhill State Park and went up the Sunset Ridge trail. The weather was perfect. At the summit we got to watch a few daring skiers ski down from the summit. The descent was extremely fast due to the sun warming up the snow so that we could literally "ski" down the trails in our shoes. It was an awesome experience.
Posted Apr 8, 2013 9:02 am

JRaphaelsonRoute Climbed: Sunset Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2013


Started off viewless and uneventful, but proceeded to have fantastic views from the bottom. Snow was super deep and routes were tough to navigate.
Posted Mar 28, 2013 9:14 pm

THalky#12 - Nice views and fun above tree line  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2012


A great hike, with some nice views.
Posted Jan 28, 2013 1:47 pm

xbaghatthirty-six  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2010


Posted Jan 20, 2013 11:14 am

Jimmy RiversLongs Trail, fun ledges near summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2012

Jimmy Rivers

Mansfield was state HP #12 for me! Towards the top were like 4 fun ledges from what i remember on the Longs Trail, beautiful views from top, could see Mt Washington in the distance....
Posted Jan 4, 2013 3:27 pm

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