Mount Mansfield State Forest: Smugglers’ Notch
View Connector Trails
Smugglers' Notch Historic Site on Route 108: several trailheads in the vicinity.
The famous Smugglers’ Notch is a narrow pass through the Green Mountains. Lined with 1,000-foot cliffs, the winding road is closed in winter. In the earlier days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed here.
Sterling Pond Trail (Difficult) - 1.1m, 1000’ Elv. Gain Follow the blue blazes from the East side of the Smugglers’ Notch Information Booth to a scenic pond stocked with trout. There is an additional 1.4m easy loop around the pond.
Hell Brook Trail to Chin (Difficult) - 1.8m, 2660’ Elv. Gain This extremely challenging route can be dangerous when wet and on the descent. Most of the way up the mountain it winds along the scenic Hell Brook. Follow the blue blazes until you meet the Adam’s Apple Trail (.2m) and in Eagle Pass join the Long Trail for the final .3m.
Long Trail North to Sterling Pond Difficult - 3.4m, 1500’ Elv. Gain Starting in the Smugglers’ Notch Picnic Area just North of the Southern Gateway, this portion of the Long Trail crosses a recent rock slide and affords incredible views or the Notch below. Follow the white blazes to Sterling Pond. At the 2.3m mark there is the Elephant’s Head side trail (.1m) for additional outstanding views from the top of the Elephant’s Head rock formation.
Long Trail South to Chin Difficult - 2.3m 2700’ Elv. Gain Follow the white blazes from the parking area (just South of the Smugglers’ Notch Picnic Area). This steady climb affords you access to the highest peak in the State of Vermont. At 1.7 mile you will pass the historic Taft Lodge, one of the many Long Trail lodges operated by the Green Mountain Club.
Long Trail - Nose to Chin Moderate - 1.2, 550’ Elv. Gain Follow the Toll Road ($) from Route 108 starting behind the Fire Side Tavern to parking area A at the Nose. The white blazes above the tree line lead you to the summit of Mt. Mansfield. Incredible 360 degree views await.
Haselton to Mt. Mansfield Nose Difficult - 2.1m, 2500’ Elv. Gain Starting in the Midway Base Lodge Parking lot the first 1.6 miles follows blue blazes until it meets up with the Toll Road for the final half mile. Before it terminates at the Nose you are afforded a multitude of scenic vistas due to the ski trails transecting the Haselton.
Visit VT Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation online for more information or contact:
VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 4: Barre District
5 Perry Street, Suite 20
Barre, VT 05641-4265
Phone: (802) 476-0182
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