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General Stark Mountain
Mount Ellen
Cutts Peak
Nancy Hanks Peak
Lincoln Peak

Warren, Fayston, Buel's Gore, VT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Looking north at General Stark Mountain from Mount Ellen

Originally, my intent was to hike from the Appalachian Gap to Mt. Abraham and back. The English/Irish in me wanted to accomplish this, however the injuries, fatigue, and lack of time made the French in me give up before finishing the battle. Nonetheless, I was able to hike from the gap to Lincoln Peak (less than a mile from Mt. Abraham).

The trail is much like a rock and roll band's career - rocky overall with a sudden ascent, dips in the middle, and a downward ending that just seems to take forever (complete with false flashes of hope).

The hike itself is like a kick in the you know where - everytime you get a north vista, the next destination seems way far away. The most boring section is between Mount Ellen and Castlerock - nothing much to see.

Overall, a challenging hike due to the abundance of rocks all over the place, as well as mud pits with log balance beams. Worthwhile, yes, fun, yes, but pain in the butt, yes.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Sunnyside (ski area summit)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: General Stark Mountain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mount Ellen
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Cutts Peak
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Castle Rock (ski area summit)
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Nancy Hanks Peak
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Lincoln Peak
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, August 12, 2006
Hike Commenced: 9:54 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,375'
Destination: Sunnyside (ski area summit)
Ascent Commenced: 10:00 AM at Appalachian Gap Long Trail trailhead
Summit Reached: 10:41 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 2,387'
Summit Elevation: 3,086'
Vertical Gain: 765'
Destination: General Stark Mountain (ski area summit)
Ascent Commenced: 10:41 AM
Summit Reached: 11:12 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 3,086'
Summit Elevation: 3,644'
Vertical Gain: 598'
Destination: General Stark Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 11:15 AM
Summit Reached: 11:34 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 3,644'
Summit Elevation: 3,662'
Vertical Gain: 122'
Destination: Mount Ellen
Ascent Commenced: 11:34 AM
Summit Reached: 12:29 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 3,662'
Summit Elevation: 4,083'
Vertical Gain: 893'
Destination: Cutts Peak
Ascent Commenced: 12:29 PM
Summit Reached: 12:39 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 4,083'
Summit Elevation: 4,022'
Vertical Gain: 104'
Destination: Castlerock (ski area summit)
Ascent Commenced: 12:39 PM
Summit Reached: 1:09 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 4,022'
Summit Elevation: 3,760'
Vertical Gain: 228'
Destination: Nancy Hanks Peak
Ascent Commenced: 1:10 PM
Summit Reached: 1:27 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 3,760'
Summit Elevation: 3,812'
Vertical Gain: 192'
Destination: Lincoln Peak
Ascent Commenced: 1:10 PM
Summit Reached: 1:41 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 3,812'
Summit Elevation: 3,975'
Vertical Gain: 235'
Hike Ended: 6:32 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,841'



Long Trail trailhead at Appalachian Gap


Ladder on Long Trail, approaching top of Sunnyside area at Mad River Glen


Top of Sunnyside area at Mad River Glen


Long Trail heading toward General Stark Mountain ski area summit


View near General Stark Mountain ski area summit


Long Trail, between General Stark Mountain and Mount Ellen


View near Mount Ellen summit, looking northwest at Whiteface, NY and Lake Champlain

Click here for additional photos - Cutts Peak, Nancy Hanks Peak, Lincoln Peak


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Directions to trailhead: Take Route 100 north to Route 17 north. Parking at Appalachian Gap.

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