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Mt. Mansfield - The Chin, Mt. Mansfield - The Nose
Stowe, VT, Underhill, VT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Profanity Trail
Looking up the Profanity Trail

Route: Route 108, Long Trail, Profanity Trail, Long Trail, (The Chin), Long Trail, auto road, unknown trail, (The Nose), unknown trail, Nose Dive, ski trails

With a nice forecast, I headed west to hike Mt. Mansfield. The Long Trail was in decent shape up to the Taft Lodge, though a bit confusing with the ski tracks throughout the glades. Above the cabin, light trailbreaking began. Not wanting to deal with the steep Long Trail out of Eagle Pass, we headed up the Profanity Trail.

The upper portion of the Profanity Trail was a bit dicey, as the gully had a pretty decent, unconsolidated snowfield built up. Reaching the summit of The Chin, we had superb views of both the Whites and Adirondacks.

Next, we headed across the ridge to The Nose, alternating between bare ledge and deep snow. From the top of The Nose, we once again had superb views in all directions.

For the descent, we bushwhacked over to the old Nose Dive Trail, then descended via the ski trails.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Mansfield - The Chin
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Mansfield - The Nose
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, April 7, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,540'
Time to Trailhead: 00:06
Destination: Mt. Mansfield - The Chin
Time Elapsed: 01:55
Trailhead Elevation: 1,620'
Summit Elevation: 4,393'
Vertical Gain: 2,793'
Destination: Mt. Mansfield - The Nose
Time Elapsed: 00:55
Trailhead Elevation: 4,393'
Summit Elevation: 4,060'
Vertical Gain: 410'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:21
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,263'


The Long Trail trailhead off Route 108
The Long Trail trailhead off Route 108

Looking down the Profanity Trail
Looking down the Profanity Trail

Looking at Whiteface from near the Mt. Mansfield summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Whiteface from near the Mt. Mansfield summit

The Long Trail on the way to the Nose
The Long Trail on the way to the Nose

Looking up toward Smugglers Notch from the Nose - Click to enlarge
Looking up toward Smugglers Notch from the Nose

Topographic map of Mt. Mansfield - The Chin, Mt. Mansfield - The Nose - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 108 North from Stowe. In winter, the road is gated just past the ski area gondola parking lot entrance. There is plowed parking just past that entrance, on the right. The Long Trail will eventually be on the left.

Back to Mt. Mansfield - The Chin Profile
Back to Mt. Mansfield - The Nose Profile




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