Vermont Highpoint, Mt Mansfield Via Longs Trail
We left after class on a Friday and were up and ready to go early the next morning we chose to take the Long trail South and were not disappointed. We only went to the Highpoint itself (the Chin) and didn't continue along the trail to the rest of the face profile. Mt Mansfield is commonly referred to by these terms, the picture below can show you a little clearer what they mean as the "face" isn't exactly easily recognizable. The longs trail passes just to the left of the Adams apple on this picture and heads straight for the chin. If you choose to do the whole Face it is a quick detour from the trail to the Adams Apple then up to the Chin as I will talk about here and then it adds about another 2 miles above treeline to pick up the Nose and the Forehead. This could be a really fun hike, but it just wasn't in the game plan for us this time. Maybe in the future I will head back and pick up the rest of the mountain.
From the Lodge there is only about .3 miles of hiking left to go but this is where the trail starts to get really steep. If you add in a little bit of snow and ice it can get a bit treacherous. I wouldn't say that it is really dangerous but it is definitely a spot to slow down and make sure your footing is good or you may be in for a bad day.
We made the top at just before noon and took a few pictures but with clouds in the sky and it threatening to rain on us we didn't stay for long and made our way back to the trailhead. Some people chose to continue hiking along the ridge to the top of Stowe Mountain Ski resort and take the Gondola down, but to me that feels like cheating (it's also really expensive from what I hear) so I preferred to hike my way down. Kim and I's legs were starting to get tired about half of the way down and Kim actually took a tumble. Note to self: do not laugh at Kim when she falls, she will not be happy about it for quite a while. O well, lesson learned I guess. The rest of the descent was uneventful and we made our way back to the B&B for some well deserved hot tub time and then out to dinner to fill our bellies.
If you want to read more about this trip with more picutres swing by my Bog Here to see the full post and read about my other highpointing adventures. http://outdooroutlier.blogspot.com/2015/04/mt-mansfield-and-other-vt-highpointing.html