by Joe Dorish on 01/01/10 at 4:40 am
The tallest mountain in Vermont is an outdoor enthusiasts dream come true.
At 4,395 feet and 1,340 meters Mount Mansfield in the northwest part of the Green Mountains is the highest mountain in Vermont.
According to SummitPost.com Mount Mansfield derives its name because when viewed from the east its summit appears in the form of an elongated human face. The prominent peaks along the face are high points that are named – Forehead (3,940 feet high), Nose (4,062 feet), Adams Apple (4,062 feet) and the highest point is named the Chin at 4,395 feet.
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From the Adams Apple to the Forehead is 2.3 miles long and can be hiked along the Long Trail which is almost entirely above the tree line and offers fantastic views in all directions including Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains to the west (see photo below).
Some 40,000 visitors hike the many trails to the summit of Mount Mansfield every year and they hike through about 200 acres of Arctic Tundra in only one of two places in Vermont where the Tundra can be found (Camels Hump is the other site and only contains a few acres of Arctic Tundra).
Stowe Mountain Ski Resort is located along the slopes of Mount Mansfield and generates the second highest revenue of any ski resort in Vermont (Killington is 1st in revenue).
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The slopes of the mountain were first cleared for skiing by the Civilian Conservation Corps which was created by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933 during the Great Depression.
In the summertime Stowe Resort offers two ways to get to the summit of Mount Mansfield. The Auto Toll Road which allows visitors to drive almost right to the summit (see photo below) and the Gondola Skyride which allows tourists to ride near to the summit.
Perhaps the best time of the year to drive, hike or ride to Mount Mansfield’s summit is in the Fall when the leaves are at their peak.
Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont and offers excellent recreation opportunities to visitors throughout the year.
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