Profanity Trail (Bad Weather Bypass)

Stowe

A less exposed and less steep alternative to the Long Trail over the summit of Mount Mansfield.

Hiking Severe

Distance
539 m
Ascent
173 m
Descent
0 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.3 km
Gradient
31˚
Profanity Trail (Bad Weather Bypass) Map

The Profanity Trail is one of Mount Mansfield's "bad weather bypass" routes. If conditions turn foul on the mountain's exposed ridgeline, you can use this trail to retreat into the relative safety of the forest at lower elevation.

Description

Thru-hikers of the Long Trail may use Profanity Trail to bypass the summit in bad weather. Day hikers may use it as part of a loop with the Long Trail to reach the summit. Therefore, it is mapped here as a one-way between its junctions with the Long Trail, so you can factor the distance into your route.

If you hike the Long Trail southbound to reach the summit, you'll confront very steep and exposed rock scrambling on the upper reaches of the trail. If you want to skip that, either on the way up or the way down, use Profanity Trail instead. It is still quite steep, and not free of all rock scrambling, but it is substantially easier than the Long Trail.

Sources: https://www.summitpost.org/long-trail/166130

Difficulty

Severe

Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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