Mount Mansfield
Mount Mansfield
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  • gr8ful4222
    Campbell, California1,831 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gondola ride
    We were lucky to get a sunny day in Stowe, so we took the gondola up Mount Mansfield. It’s about a 20-minute ride both ways, and if you choose a clear day the views are incredible; otherwise it’s probably best to wait for better weather. At the top there’s a restaurant (Cliff House- needs reservations), a gift store, restrooms and a few chairs. You can walk down the mountain, rather than taking the gondola down. To do this, when you leave the gondola (facing downhill), turn right. There’s a wide gravel road that’s actually the gondola service road, and it winds downhill all the way to the parking lot. It looked pretty easy, although a little slippery in some places because of the gravel. Another option you’ll see as you walk down the service road is the trailhead for Cliff Trail, on your right as you walk down. This is a difficult trail that goes up to the actual summit of Mount Mansfield, called The Chin. It’s about 0.6 miles one way and another 800 feet up, and for this you may want your hiking boots.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Thomas Liam
    Montreal, Canada306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smooth & Fast Gondola Ride!
    We drove along Stowe's scenic autoroute without any intention riding a gondola to the top of Vermont's most famous mountain. However, when we stopped along the road to view it and saw the gondola transporting tourists to the top, we made a split decision we would not regret. At only 37$ per adult, this is one of the most affordable gondolas I've had the pleasure of riding on. If you've never done one before, I can understand your trepidation in seeing that price tag, but I guarantee you it is such a unique, wondrous experience that gives you a perspective you wouldn't possibly see otherwise. Once at the top of Mt. Mansfield, take a look at the gift shop selling tons of Stowe merchandise, or the waffle hut selling fresh Belgian waffles, or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, but don't you dare forget to take in the views. Step outside and see the resort town of Stowe at the foot of the mountain, and majestic, green mountains and valleys around you. The beauty that is Vermont in one absolutely breathtaking scene.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Linda B
    Beavercreek, Ohio79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smooth scenic ride up the mountain
    We lucked out being there the second week of September as the tourist season was at a lull. Probably since the fall colors hadn't started bursting forth yet. No waiting in line, just us in the gondola and we did luck out with the weather. Sun, no clouds and we could see the top. Didn't luck out so much in the White Mtns of NH. I thought the price was fair at $37ea. For those afraid of heights as I am, the ascent was smooth and very gradual. Not much up there other than the view. We didn't stay for any food.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Sue H
    Chicago, Illinois66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views
    Amazing place to spend time hiking and enjoying the views. Went up the gondola and scrambled on trail toward the summit. Also took the toll road and hike along the ridge. Either option well worth the time and can be as strenuous or easy as you want.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
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Heesang
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Feb 2022 • Friends
So me and my friends drove 7 hours from New Jersey to snowboard/ski on this beautiful mountain. Little did we realize how terrible this resort is being managed. Let's start with the slopes. It was very poorly groomed, and 80% of the slopes were basically mogul. Maybe this is not too bad for skiers, but for snowboarders who are not interested in that type of riding it was a nightmare and offered very little variety of riding experience. Even the terrain park closed very early because they decided they didn't want to maintain the snow there anymore. Maybe my expectations were a little high, as vermont is know for their ski/snowboarding, but that doesn't excuse they're lack of service for a resort of their scale. We ended up waiting over 3 hours for a shuttle to drive us back to where our car was parked(the parking lot was full and they told us over the phone to park at a nearby inn). We eneded up taking an uber back. They have a shuttle run every 30 minutes, but often they are late and completely filled. They are understaffed, and you will be very lucky to catch a shuttle back to your hotel without waiting out in a line in the freezing cold for a long time. From what I've heard when the Vale company acquired this resort, the quality of the service and ride experience has gone downhill as they understaffed the resorts they own and underpay their employees. It's very disappointing because it is a beautiful place and it's a shame it's run by people that doesn't really care. In my opinion, I would look elsewhere for a better winter vacation because you might end up very disappointed.
Written February 4, 2022
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Thomas Liam
Montreal, Canada306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
We drove along Stowe's scenic autoroute without any intention riding a gondola to the top of Vermont's most famous mountain. However, when we stopped along the road to view it and saw the gondola transporting tourists to the top, we made a split decision we would not regret.

At only 37$ per adult, this is one of the most affordable gondolas I've had the pleasure of riding on. If you've never done one before, I can understand your trepidation in seeing that price tag, but I guarantee you it is such a unique, wondrous experience that gives you a perspective you wouldn't possibly see otherwise.

Once at the top of Mt. Mansfield, take a look at the gift shop selling tons of Stowe merchandise, or the waffle hut selling fresh Belgian waffles, or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, but don't you dare forget to take in the views. Step outside and see the resort town of Stowe at the foot of the mountain, and majestic, green mountains and valleys around you. The beauty that is Vermont in one absolutely breathtaking scene.
Written September 16, 2023
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hulagirl98
Missouri385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
There are many ways to get to the top of this. We hiked starting at the south long trail (on the stowe side). This was an extremely difficult route as you are going up a creek bed for most of this hike and having to go up and over many rocks. Once we got into the alpine region of the hike, it was super challenging. You are basically scrambling up a cliff face for the last bit of the climb. I am not a scrambler and was extremely uncomfortable for this part of the climb. Once at top though, the views are awesome. We had a perfect day for 360 views. It made the climb worth it. We hiked back down a different way as it is not recommended to go down the way we came up. We met a technical climber up top, who agreed that it would not be wise to go back down the same way and she ended up taking our information about the alternate route down. If you want to see the top of this you pay to drive up a toll road and then have a much shorter (although still not easy) climb to the top for the views.
Written July 9, 2021
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3scap1st
Kensington, MD14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Visited in late December and a lot of the runs were closed due to lack of snow. I could not tell if the snow making was being utilized to full capacity, but if it was they need more of it. Possibly because of the poor snow conditions, it was hard to get from one side of the mountain to the other (Mansfield, not Spruce Peak).
Ate at Spruce Lodge food court a couple of times and it seemed understaffed and poorly organized.
Written January 5, 2020
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Barry & Pat
Sugarloaf Township, PA274 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Took the Toll Road for 3.5 miles. Then hiked to the summit. Took 50 minutes to get to the top. Alot of large boulder like rocks so be mindful of you cannot climb uneven,rocky terrain. They only allow 66 cars up at one time due to parking at the top. The road is narrow, curvey and gravel after the first half mile. There is a fee to pass through. We had 2 people so the cost was $37
Written May 31, 2021
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switchi21
Wilder, Hartford, Vermont478 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We parked at Underhill State Park.We arrived at 8am and there are so many cars that are already parked at that time.Parke then go pay $4 to hike.We took the Eagles cut trail for a mile then after you'll see a signs and you can choose to take the sunset ridge trail or the Laura cowles trail.We took sunset ridge trail for another 2.1miles and it's worth taking that trail compare to Laura cowles trail.It was a huge mistake taking Laura cowles trail going back to the parking lot.Although we only save. 6 miles if it still huge mistake.Aint listening to my husband again lol.That Laura Cowles trail was a very very steep hill let me tell you.Nothing compare to the sunset ridge trail.I feel bad those people hiking with their fat big dogs. The dog was sliding and can't climb harder that time plus it was raining that day too.Do not ever take Laura Cowles trail people unless you are into it.No view at all to see until you reach the top of the mountain.Anyways,it was raining and foggy that time we were there so we cannot see the view from top.We still managed to find a nice view before going all the way up to the chin(that before it rained) I reccomend checking the weather at the mountain before hiking too.I wish I did but oh well ce lavie
Written June 27, 2021
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caribbeantraveler91
Pennsylvania1,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We took the gondola ride to Mount Mansfield on a beautiful sunny day. It was not too crowded, since we went mid-week, so we got in the gondola as soon as we paid. No lines. It's a beautiful ride, but the views from the top are gorgeous. You can spend as much or as little time as you want walking around and taking pictures. They have a tower you can climb to get pictures, as well. Smooth ride to the top. Certainly worth the price.
Written September 23, 2022
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KKwanderwoman
Austin, TX31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I went on an all day hike. Much of our hike was under the canopy of trees and in the shade which made for a very pleasant experience. It was rocky terrain and I highly recommend walking sticks and good hiking boots. That said, it was a totally doable hike for almost any fitness level. It is a beautiful way to spend a day or more. The area is just gorgeous.
Written July 17, 2021
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7wonderstraveler
Hugo, MN1,176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We hiked to the top via Long Trail S and it was a beautiful hike. Once you hit the chin, there is a bit of climbing involved. Just make sure you have good footing and hand holds. If you fall...you would probably die. That is how I judge my hikes and these are the hikes I love. We went down the Cliff trail to the lift. It was a 6 mile day and that was plenty after 2 flights and a drive the night before. Beautiful hike and Taft lodge is a must see on the way.
Written October 18, 2021
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Brenda
Robbinsville, NJ16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We took the drive up Toll Road (off of Mountain Road, at the bottom of the mountain) and made it to the top. While the drive gave me a panic attach (SUPER NARROW - No Ledge), the hiking trail and view from the top is the absolute best. I'd do it over and over again. Although, I may not do the drive up in a large car OR during peak season. The road is barely narrow enough to let a car coming from the opposite side through. And, people driving down have the right of way. Meaning that you have to bare to the right, without driving off the mountain, to let the car coming down through. But again, when you get to the top, it just makes it all worth it. The hike is about 3 miles to the very peak and it's safe enough for young children (with parent supervision). My 10 year old LOVED it.
Make sure to wear hiking shoes or shoes with a good enough grip to prevent slipping. At times some of the rocks are wet and make it easy to slip and fall (not fall off the mountain - just fall and hit yourself on the rocks or twist an ankle).
Written September 6, 2020
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