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Mt. Ellen, Cutt's Peak, Nancy Hanks Peak, Lincoln Peak, Mt. Abraham
Starksboro, VT, Buels Gore, VT, Fayston, VT, Warren, VT, Lincoln, VT

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

Route: Jerusalem Trail, Long Trail, (Mt. Ellen), Long Trail, (Cutt's Peak), Long Trail, (Nancy Hanks Peak), Long Trail, (Lincoln Peak), Long Trail, (Mt. Abraham), Long Trail, Battell Trail

With some junk moving its way out of New England, we opted to head west and perhaps get a few more hours of clear weather than in New Hampshire and Maine. After spotting a vehicle at the Battell Trail trailhead, we headed over to the Jerusalem Trail.

The Jerusalem Trail started out quite gradually as it worked its way through some nice hardwood forests. Eventually starting to climb, it never became overly steep. While we had fog and clouds overhead, we had a few views through the trees of the valley.

The Long Trail to Mt. Ellen was a bit muddy and had a few minor scrambles. After touching the highpoint on Mt. Ellen, we returned to the top of the chairlift and waited for views as we ate lunch. Unfortunately, the fog never rolled out, so we rolled onward, over Cutts Peak and Castlerock and finally to Nancy Hanks Peak, where we had decent views to the east.

From there, it was a brief walk to the top of Lincoln Peak, where we briefly had excellent views from the observation deck. Once the clouds re-swallowed the summit, we continued onward, over the wooded subpeak called Little Abe and up to Mt. Abraham.

Maybe two minutes below the summit of Mt. Abraham, we followed an obvious herd path to the right to a 1973 Cessna plane crash site. Much of the plane is still there - had they only been a few dozen feet higher, they would have never hit the mountain.

Back on the trail, we reached Mt. Abraham, once again engulfed in clouds. There were some clearing periods, however, which allowed us to see the Breadloaf area to the south, Mt. Ellen to the north, and most impressively, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks to the northwest.

After an extended break waiting for full cleary and blue sky (which wasn't to be), we continued down the Long Trail, taking our time on some steep, slippery scrambles.

From the shelter area, we headed down the Battell Trail, which was generally smooth sailing with a moderate pitch and decent footing.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Ellen
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Cutt's Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Nancy Hanks Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Lincoln Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Abraham
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, July 25, 2010
Hike Commenced: 9:26 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,628'
Destination: Mt. Ellen
Ascent Commenced: 9:26 AM
Summit Reached: 12:07 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:41
Trailhead Elevation: 1,628'
Summit Elevation: 4,083'
Distance: 4.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,575'
Destination: Nancy Hanks Peak
Ascent Commenced: 12:30 PM
Summit Reached: 1:52 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:22
Trailhead Elevation: 4,083'
Summit Elevation: 3,812'
Distance: 2.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 524'
Destination: Lincoln Peak
Ascent Commenced: 1:52 PM
Summit Reached: 2:13 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 3,812'
Summit Elevation: 3,975'
Distance: 0.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 235'
Destination: Mt. Abraham
Ascent Commenced: 2:31 PM
Summit Reached: 3:04 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:33
Trailhead Elevation: 3,975'
Summit Elevation: 4,006'
Distance: 0.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 226'
Hike Ended: 5:23 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:57
Hike Distance: 10.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,570'


The Jerusalem Trail trailhead on Jim Dwire Road
The Jerusalem Trail trailhead on Jim Dwire Road

The chairlift terminal near the foggy summit of Mt. Ellen - Click to enlarge
The chairlift terminal near the foggy summit of Mt. Ellen

The Long Trail between Mt. Ellen and Nancy Hanks Peak
The Long Trail between Mt. Ellen and Nancy Hanks Peak

Looking at Sugarbush South from a vista near the summit of Nancy Hanks Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at Sugarbush South from a vista near the summit of Nancy Hanks Peak

The Long Trail between Nancy Hanks Peak and Lincoln Peak
The Long Trail between Nancy Hanks Peak and Lincoln Peak

Mt. Abraham as seen from the Lincoln Peak summit deck - Click to enlarge
Mt. Abraham as seen from the Lincoln Peak summit deck

The Long Trail between Lincoln Peak and Mt. Abraham
The Long Trail between Lincoln Peak and Mt. Abraham

The 1973 Cessna plane wreck near the summit of Mt. Abraham
The 1973 Cessna plane wreck near the summit of Mt. Abraham

Looking over Lake Champlain toward the Adirondacks from Mt. Abraham - Click to enlarge
Looking over Lake Champlain toward the Adirondacks from Mt. Abraham

The Battell Trail
The Battell Trail

Topographic map of Mt. Ellen, Cutt's Peak, Nancy Hanks Peak, Lincoln Peak, Mt. Abraham - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: From Route 100 in Warren, take Lincoln Gap Road (seasonal) west over Lincoln Gap. Lincoln Gap Road will become East River Road. Bear right onto Quaker Street, passing through Lincoln. Shortly thereafter, take a right onto Elder Hill Road. The Battell Trail trailhead and parking area will eventually be at the end of this road (multiple side roads leave it prior). To get to the Jerusalem Trail trailhead, return to Quaker Street, taking a right onto it. Shortly thereafter, take a right onto Downingsville Road. Awhile after the road turns to dirt, it bears left. Shortly thereafter, take a right onto Jim Dwire Road. The Jerusalem Trail trailhead will be on the right shortly thereafter. There is limited room to park on the side of the road.

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