Went down this way instead of downhiking the Hell Brook trail.
By most standards, the Profanity trail is steep, wet, and rough, but compared to the Hell Brook trail it's pretty easy.
If anybody in your party is afraid of heights, the Profanity route avoids the exposed spot just north of the summit, which you'd face if you were following the complete Long Trail to/from Smuggler's Notch (or if you reached the Long Trail from the Hell Brook trail).
I like to ascend the hellbrook trail to long trail and use this trail and the long trail for descent, it makes for a grand tour de Mansfield!
The whole trail was a creek?! It was nice because it was away from the wind.
Love this trail.
Beautiful hike for my wife and I on a Fall day. Fall colors were great. Met dozens of hikers from Quebec on the Long Trail. Profanity Trail was quite steep.