The Stowe Mountain Resort’s Auto Toll Road opens Saturday June 6, with daily service from 9AM – 4PM through October 16. The cost per automobile is $26, with up to six passengers. The Mount Mansfield Auto Toll Road is over 150 years old. It all started with the Summit House atop Mount Mansfield and guests would venture from the city to escape the hustle and heat of summer.
Over the past 150 years, the Toll Road has become a very popular tourist attraction for Stowe Mountain Resort visitors. The 4.5-mile unpaved road begins next to the Inn at the Mountain and climbs to an elevation of 3,850 feet. There are many hiking trails on the road’s upper terminus that goes from the Stowe Base Lodge to “The Nose.”
To the North, the Cliff Trail, Long Trail, and Canyon Trail – all about 1.5 miles long and climbing about 550 feet – offer three routes to Mansfield’s “Chin.” The picture above shows the view from the Toll Road looking North. Southerly trail options include the Lakeview Trail, Forehead Bypass, and Long Trail to the Forehead. All hikers should stop into the Green Mountain Club prior to hiking for an orientation.