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Burlington, VT: Lake Mansfield Trail

A stiff, 1.8-mile climb to the Taylor Lodge shelter on Vermont’s Long Trail, this 3.6-mile out-and-back works as both a half-day hike and a challenging trail run.

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From the Lake Mansfield Trout Club, this 3.6-mile out-and-back route tops out at Taylor Lodge, a well-equipped shelter along the Long Trail. Start by hiking west on the Lake Mansfield Trail; the trail meanders in and out of the woods, affording nice views of the lake as it climbs gradually. Just past mile 1, the grade stiffens as the trail gains approximately 500 feet over just half a mile. Near the top of the climb, the trail passes a peaceful overlook of a forest waterall. Approaching Nebraska Notch, the trail crosses over a small creek and wanders past a beaver pond. Tour the Long Trail a bit at the top, or just take a breather at the Taylor Lodge front porch before heading back down to the Trout Club.
-Mapped by Berne Broudy, AuthenticOutdoors.com

To Trailhead

From Waterbury, head north on VT-100 for 7.4 miles and turn left on Moscow Rd. Go 2 miles and turn right on Nebraska Valley Rd. Continue 4.4 miles to parking and trail access at Lake Mansfield Trout Club.

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