Battell Trail to Lincoln Peak is a 6.5 mile out and back trail located near Bristol, VT and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October.
Directions from Lincoln, VT: Travel north on Quaker Street for a very short distance turning right onto Elder Hill Road. Take this road for approximately 1.2 miles and bear straight past a road to the right. After crossing a beaver meadow, bear right at the Y which carries you to the trailhead.
I finally made it up this trail after three tries. The first two failures were due to being new to hiking in the area and then experiencing 4 climate changes on a hike in mid-May. The view and satisfaction of reaching the summit is worth it.
Took the Battell trail and continued on to Mt.Abraham summit. Even went a little further North (2oo ft or so past summit) to explore the plane crash wreckage from 1973! A fun little adventure overall! Surprisingly, no snow at the top yet...Rocky & steep, but lots of fun! The clouds rolled in so I didn't get a summit view...nonetheless, a beautiful hike!
This is my favorite trail for late spring, and my preferred method for summiting Mt Abe. It is longer but less populated than going the long trail the whole way. Along the trail are some very cool flowers and wild leeks. As the elevation rises, bright green moss and ferns adorn the forest and give it a warm glow, and the rocky parts of the trail look majestic. The view from the top in spring and summer is adequate. In the fall, the view is much nicer, and the trail is also a wonderland of foliage. I generally do not bother with this trail or Mt. Abe in the summer.
Battell to Long Trial north to summit Abraham is a nice workout. As mentioned by other reviewers, be prepared for some light scrambling near the summit. Though it is comparable to other sections nearby, I found the area quite stagnant and depleting, and I went through all my water quickly. Also be sure to check out the Cessna plane crash wreckage about 2/10 mile north from Abrahams summit, off a dear trial marked with stones.