|Peak Summited||Mount Mansfield|
|Group||hiked with Cinspoon|
Wow, what can I not say about this mountain. We started our trek in what we perceived will be wet conditions throughout the hike. So we put on our rain gear and headed out. The Long trail starts out as a “boardwalk” through Beaver pond, newly built to allow all abilities to experience the wild life of smugglers notch area (love it!). That’s just the start of what has become one of my favorite trails that I have trekked so far. With the sound of a brook and wildlife, some minor stream crossings, nice mix of dirt and rock path and then finishes with some gnarly rock scrambles; this trail has become a must to climb in my opinion. At some point while ascending the Long trail the clouds broke and we couldn’t be more pleased. This allowed us to get some great views at the summit. Though the clouds broke the winds didn’t disappoint. The trek over the ridge from the chin (highest point of Mt Mansfield) to the nose proved to be somewhat difficult but extremely enjoyable with gust of winds that we could do nothing but to hold on. From there we descended via the Haselton Trail but there’s not much to say about this trail other than you would rather skip it if wasn’t for the ridge walk.