Mt. Mansfield is the tallest mountain in the state of Vermont, and is situated some 45 minutes from Burlington, from which you can easily see it on a clear day. If you’re eager to get out and experience Vermont’s most famous mountain up close and have a day you’ll never forget in the Green Mountains, this is your chance!
Two separate options will be available for IGC participants. First, for those who are interested in a true adventure, there will be a chance to climb Mt. Mansfield on a full-day hike from its base to summit and back. This circuit of 8 miles or so round trip will take approximately 8-9 hours, so hikers will have an early breakfast, be hiking by 9, and be back for dinner at the university that evening. On a clear day, the summit provides beautiful views of Lake Champlain, Burlington, and the majority of the state of Vermont, as well as the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Adirondacks of New York, and Southern Quebec.
The second option is a half-day excursion taking a drive on the Toll Road at Stowe Mountain Resort (a ski area in winter) to the top of Mt. Mansfield, and then do an hour or so of simpler hiking along the ridgeline at the summit. Then we’ll drive down and there be a chance to visit the classic New England town of Stowe at the base of Mt. Mansfield (and a quick ice cream) prior to returning to the UVM campus. This option allows students to take part in that day’s morning (or afternoon, depending on the time) activities while still getting a chance to hike and experience Mount Mansfield.
Note that this trip is subject to weather conditions, and may be limited or cancelled due to heavy rain and/or thunderstorms. The chances of this happening are low, but we will keep a close eye on the weather from the start of IGC. If the weather is not conducive to a full-day hike then participants will have a chance to select an alternate program of events for the day (including the Toll Road half-day trip).