Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road

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Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road

Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road
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AC97
North Dakota4,495 contributions
Great trip! We arrived at approximately 1 pm and made our way to the ticket booth to buy our tickets. We then hopped back in the car and made the 4.5 mile trip up the mountain. There were several steep inclines up the mountain, but the ride up was very enjoyable and safe. There was plenty of room on the road for cars going in both directions, with several viewing areas along the way to take pictures. My only complaint was that there was not enough parking on the top of the mountain. We were lucky and found a spot near the entrance, but I saw several cars turn back. Once at the top, we took a short hike up the mountain and were surrounded by gorgeous views in all directions. We hiked a little bit further and encountered even more beautiful scenery around us. The trail was clearly marked and safe to walk on.

Tip: I recommend spending 2-3 hours here if you truly want to see everything.
Written August 22, 2021
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gazooby
Bloomington, IN425 contributions
When you arrive at the entrance gate, they will give you a lecture on how to get up and down safely. PAY ATTENTION TO IT! The road is narrow, has no guard rails, and if you don't listen to the gate person you will burn out your brakes. In fact, check your brakes before you think about going. At the top, generous sized parking lot allows you to take the hiking trail along the spine of Mansfield as far as you want, doubling back when ready. The trail is Moderate for a half mile or so, then goes to Strenuous when you start climbing rocks. It is one of my favorite trails in the entire state, so worth the drive--and worth the pricey entrance fee if you can't hike 10 strenuous miles on your own. But I saw kids hiking with flip flops, which is not recommended. Also, expect bad weather. It was sleeting (Oct. 1) when we arrived but cleared up within an hour.
Written October 26, 2020
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twainmark
Boston area59 contributions
The auto road provides access to some of Vermont's best hiking terrain. Much of the ridge from the auto road parking just below the Nose across to the summit (Chin) of Mt. Mansfield is in the open and very scenic. We had a very nice day, with lengthy views to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. You can easily decide to do as much or as little of the ridge as you want, just turning around and returning to the parking area when you've had your fill. The person working at the visitor center at the top parking lot was very helpful in trail selection. Make sure to use the porta-potties in the parking lot before starting your hike, since restroom opportunities are not available on the open ridge. The auto road itself has some nice views, and can be a little nerve-wracking with blind corners or narrow sections, but it's less exposed than the auto road on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.
Written September 18, 2021
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Ram R
3 contributions
Some things that none of these reviews are saying:
1) The drive up at the end has very steep drops. They allow VERY wide extra large Pickup Trucks up there which are typically driven by fairly disagreeable people. If one is coming down and you're going up in an SUV or minivan, have them stay on the outside and you go on the inside. One slip and you could have a pretty unpleasant experience.

2) The initial hike to the nose (I think) is pretty basic. However, the hike up to the chin is difficult. Do not do it with children under 10. Do not go if you a once-a-year hiker.

3) You need the right shoes for hiking

4) If there's rain or worse, you should go in a 4 wheel or All Wheel Drive vehicle

5) If you're in a mixed group, the easy hike will take about 45 mins round trip, and the long hike will take 3 hours round trip. The easy group will have to wait for 2 hours, so they should be prepared
Written September 3, 2021
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Natallia39
1 contribution
Family
Easy drive. Your drive on a green ski slope all the way up surrounded by woods. It’s not scary or dangerous at all!! The price is 29$ for car and a driver, passengers 11$. Kids under 4 are free. Pricy! There are no picnic tables at the top . The hike at the top to the chin is 1.4 miles one way . The first part is easy. We did it with a 5 month old. When we got to the big rocks to climb we turned around . A little dangerous . It’s windy and chilly at the top. If you can’t make it to the too, you can walk 5 min too see 360 degree view! And you hike through Alpine tundra! I think it’s worth the price. You won’t get this view on any other hikes in VT!!
Written June 14, 2022
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BlueRidgeTourist
Charlottesville, VA217 contributions
Recommend arriving early as the parking lot gets crowded. Pay attention to the weather, as clouds can block visibility. You will receive a brief set of instructions, e.g., cars ascending must yield to cars descending. The road is gravel, but generally very good condition. It has a few hairpin turns where you cannot see around the corner, but did not find the road to inspire any great fear of heights. Go slow and enjoy the views. Once at the top, a quick 15 minute walk provides near 360 view. You can continue on the trail to the top of Mt. Mansfield, which requires another 1-2 hours. Use low gear for descending.
Written August 20, 2021
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b0bby0nj1
4 contributions
Family
I will get this out of the way. 55 bucks for a car and 3 adults was pricey. If you have a sub crossover ext you will be fine driving up to the parking lot. Get there early as we drove right up. Portable toilets were a little messy but had toilet paper and hand sanitizer. The people working at the welcome center and top of the mountain were great. The short walk to the first clearing was great. To be honest, it is a workout to get to the top but well worth it. You have to climb some pretty big boulders in one area and need a little patience which others in this area. I saw a lot of people with dogs so I guess they can make it as well
Written July 20, 2020
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C L
Zionsville, PA362 contributions
I never felt remotely unsafe driving even when another vehicle passed us. The porta potties in the parking lot leave something to be desired, but don’t they all, haha. We should have used the public restrooms before driving up the mountain. The hike from the parking lot to the first viewing area was doable and the planks helped with some of the marshy parts. Knee issues prevented me from submitting, but the views where we turned around, were still beautiful. Although we checked the weather prior to going, it was still foggy on the way up, but fortunately cleared up on the way down. A good website to check the weather at various elevations is: mountain-forecast.com.
Written September 14, 2021
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Betty H
1 contribution
We were very disappointed with this road. After the first 1/4 miles paved road comes the nightmare. The quality of the road is something we experienced nowhere else in Vermont. I mean come on, this is $30+ experience, they should make a better road! We were worrying about being able to get to the top all the way up. And more on the way down.
They should close this road after a heavy rain, we felt really unsafe driving on it. Nobody is checking on the drivers` speed and behavior.
We found other beautiful scenic roads in Vermont, where we did not need to wait or pay for.
Written October 8, 2021
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Bikelemonde
Paris, France19 contributions
Solo
I’ve been putting it off for 6 years but finally did it. We’ll worth the price. Made it to the top in 15 minutes…a short 10 min hike from the parking at the tip to the weather station affords amazing views. You’ll
Be standing on the mouth of Mt. Mansfield. Very peaceful. Good for the soul.
Written September 2, 2021
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