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Great network of easy hiking trails, perfect for exercising a dog. Enough space to spend hours walking. Beautiful natural setting.

If you want to hit a 4,000 ft peak in Vermont without having to actually hike up 4,000 feet, this is the way to do it. The trail starts you at the top of Lincoln gap and a moderate 2.6 mile hike each way gets you to some incredible views. There's a lodge about halfway up that makes a great break spot.

Thunder during the hike, downpour at the lodge, fog, clearing, wonderful lighting!

I would do this trail again, definitely a challenge and so beautiful, took the fire tower trail up and the ridge trail down, the hike up was exhausting but doable and the way down was really nice, steep at times but relaxing environment

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18 days ago

Great trail! Was very humid Friday which added some difficulty just in terms of comfort but the trail was great. Took the short, steep trail to the fire tower which was basically a steady incline up to the first outlook which had great views. The rest of the way to the fire tower involved a higher incline with a few places of hands and knees climbing. The fire tower offered amazing views high enough for significant temperature drops and wind but was beautiful. Took the ridge trail back which was wooded throughout. Balancing rock was neat to see.

great views from the fire tower. Don't forget the Balancing Rock for photos.

Enjoyed.. will do again although perhaps from the Pinnacle Trail

Great hike. I agree with the reviews, especially the review below me It’s pretty spot on. Starts off easy and then the trail ascends steadily for about a mile then levels off. Once you pass the shelter the trail starts climbing steadily again and there are rock scrambles and slabs to climb. Once you come across the big white painted rock... you are almost there keep going! Don’t forget to take a minute to turn around and enjoy the view. The summit views were spectacular. there Is also a plane crash site about 200 feet past the summit. It is located on the left hand side and the trail is marked with rocks.

The trail meanders over rolling terrain for the first third of a mile. Then it ascends steadily for about a mile before leveling out. It reaches the Battell Shelter, and becomes a bit steeper a few tenths of a mile after that. The trail then becomes rather steep, with several slabs to scramble up. The summit (2.6 miles from the trailhead) has great, near-360 degree views of the White Mountains, Green Mountains, Champlain Valley, and the Adirondacks.

Awesome hike with an amazing reward. The half mile to/from the summit is definitely hard and may wear you out, but it’s worth it.

Great hike for a cool summer day. Slowly builds in intensity before leveling out around the halfway point. Final mile involves some rock scrambling but nothing that should prevent someone taking their time. We experienced a rain storm on the summit and still made it back down with minimal slippage.

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1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous, peaceful trail that crosses the Long Trail toward the top. A nice lodge for through hikers at the pond, which is a lovely vista. Very uneven ground, lots of short but steep increases and crossing over water ways. A fun hike with a decent work out. Definitely recommend!

We hiked this trail yesterday with our pup. It’s a beautiful trail with views of Silver Lake and the Falls of Lana. It took our group of 4 (plus pup) 3 hours to complete. We did stop at the small beach near the picnic area of Silver Lake to let the pup swim and chase tadpoles. The trail is accurately rated as moderate, as there is a lengthy incline at the beginning to get to the falls and there are parts around the lake where you have to navigate up and around large rocks, boulders, and fallen trees. Don’t let that discourage you! It was great to have a trail that varied in terrain and the trees provided a welcome shelter from the sun. We highly suggest it!

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1 month ago

Great loop. The fire tower is difficult to get to in winter though, so prepare to just get to a lookout in winter unless you’re daring or have crampons

A very nice walk around a mountain lake. The trail is easy to follow. Most of it is a wide dirt path except the right side of the lake which is narrow and has rocks and roots to navigate.

Attracts more like 6 miles from the parking lot to the peak and back. The 1st mile and last half mile are enough to wear you out! Definitely something that is worth doing in all different seasons as you get a different feel for the trail depending on the season. One of our favorites

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1 month ago

Seriously fun trail! The 1st mile is both very pretty as well as fairly strenuous depending on your pace. Great work out for those looking for a good out and back trail. The pond itself is very pretty. Take time to explore the waterfalls but be careful.

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1 month ago

This was a challenging hike to do in the winter without snowshoes - very icy and could not make it to fire tower. however in the summer I have done the full loop multiple times by myself and with my younger siblings very beautiful and interesting things to see on the way up such as the balancing rock and an old house foundation!

I absolutely love this trail. Do it multiple times each year. I would rate it as difficult if you are not in shape or don’t hike often. Views are tremendous, and even better during peak foliage season in the fall.

Really lovely hike. The beginning is quite steep (I remember thinking "this is moderate?!") but it flattens out substantially as you hike along the ridgeline for the majority of the trail. There is a short scramble at the end, which pays off in great views. The trail definitely averages out as a "moderate" hike, but would perhaps more accurately be categorized as "hard" for the first half mile and last quarter mile, and "easy" for the middle part.

This hike took me about 3 hours round trip.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Moderate even a bit hard if you do it carrying a baby!
But definitely worth doing it. My two years old son have been able to walk a good part of the trail since they are well maintained.

Nice steady climb to an (almost) 360 view - and not very crowded at the top. Don’t miss the wreckage of a small plane, off a little side trail slightly north of the summit of Abraham. I went another 3.3 miles north on the Long Trail and hit Mt. Ellen and several other peaks, with some nice views from the Sugarbush ski slopes, and then backtracked.

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2 months ago

This was such a fun and great hike. The woods are enchanting. I loved the big boulders, blue lichen and falls!

awesome trail with spectacular views overall great climb!!

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2 months ago

I liked this trail a lot. Pretty steep in some areas with a couple places to scramble near the top. 360 views at the top just above the tree line. Beautiful!

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2 months ago

We took the ridge trail up and the fire tower trail down on a hot day on Labor Day weekend in September. The way up had a steady incline most of the time, great hike through the woods. The way down was very steep, I am glad we went up the long way, although it might have been fun to climb. The view was beautiful from the fire tower, I would definitely recommend going up. We were staying at the Elmore state park campground, parking right near trailhead, would recommend the whole experience! I would rate the trail as moderate.

Great trail with spectacular 360-degree views at the top above the tree line. Some rock scrambling near the summit.

5/22/2018

Wonderful trail.

First half is very steep - for me, the moderate rating was a little misleading with respect to the difficulty of the first half.

Still and all, when it levels out, the overall moderate rating is probably right.

Very peaceful - I was there from about 900am-1130am and didn’t see another human.

Highly recommend but don’t underestimate that climb on the first half.

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3 months ago

I took the Fire Tower trail up, consistently steep and some scrambles right at the end. The view from the tower was GREAT!!! On the way down, I took the Ridge trail and it was beautiful! Lots of little rolling inclines on the way down, lots of shade from pine trees, and a few nice lookout points with big flat rocks. Next time, I might just take the Ridge trail out and back because the terrain was so fun. The Ridge trail had absolutely no mud, it was very dry and well marked, really enjoyable trail (but it is about twice as long as the FT trail)

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