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Mount Mansfield

At: Vermont, United States
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About: Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont, United States. The mountain, its highest point in the town of Underhill, Vermont, peaks at 4395 feet above sea level. Its lower flanks also extend into the towns of Stowe and Cambridge. When viewed from the east or west, this mountain has the appearance of a (quite elongated) human face, with distinct forehead, nose, lips, chin (the highest point) and Adam's apple. These features are most distinct when viewed from the east. Mount Mansfield is one of three spots in Vermont where true alpine tundra survives from the Ice Ages. A few acres exist on Camel's Hump and Mount Abraham nearby and to the south, but Mount Mansfield's summit still holds about 200 acres. The mountain is used for various recreational and commercial purposes. "The Nose" is home to transmitter towers for a number of regional radio and TV stations. There are many hiking trails, including the Long Trail, which traverses the main ridgeline. In addition, the east flank of the mountain is used by the Stowe Mountain Resort for winter skiing. A popular tourist activity is to take the toll road (about four miles, steep, mostly unpaved, with several hairpin turns) from the Stowe Base Lodge to "The Nose" and hike along the ridge to "The Chin." Naming of the mountain The name came from the dissolved town of Mansfield, Vermont, in which the mountain was located. Several of the original grantees were from Mansfield, Connecticut, which in turn is known to have been named for Moses Mansfield, one of the chief landowners there. It was common for settlers to name Vermont towns for their previous homes. The mountain was called Moze-o-de-be-Wadso by the Abenaki, which meant "Mountain-With-A-Head-Like-A-Moose."


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