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Climbing Hellbrook two weeks ago was one of the most amazing hikes I have ever completed. This steep and challenging trail was exactly what I was looking for. Its steep ascent and decent amount of clambering was just the intense workout I needed. I started early in the morning and with the previous day's rain much of the trail was damp and at times slick however I never felt in danger as the trail provides just the right amount of roots and rocks to use as handholds when necessary.

I sweat profusely climbing the ascent in just about two hours and wouldn't have it any other way. I took brief pauses along the way but otherwise kept my body moving at a moderate clip throughout.

Due to intense fog and humidity I can't mention the views overly much but i can say it was satisfying to compare my elevation with the ridge across the mountain pass behind me. It was certainly an encouraging aspect to the climb.

At one point in the trail there are a couple of iron rungs mounted in the rock face for additional hand and foot holds. Never having seen this before on a hike, I found it quite intriguing and a nice little benefit right when I needed it. This also stoked my ego a little l knowing I was climbing a trail that necessitated such an addition.

All in all I couldn't be happier with the hike however it is definitely an intense workout and meant for people who have some experience and are able to conquer any nerves they might have about heights.

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome scenic views from the summit!

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.

I've hiked just about every major mountain in Vermont and this is by far the toughest. It might not be the highest elevation gain or the longest hike, but from the parking lot to the summit this trail goes unrelenting up at a steep incline. The second half of the trail goes up nearly 3/4 of the elevation gain over just one mile. The views are incredible and 360 degrees, just get ready to sweat to earn this one!

hiking
5 days ago

Definitely challenging, but worth it! Took the South trail up and down, but made sure to go down to the west outlooks on the north trail side after the summit. Very steep for quite a ways towards the summit, but I’m a beginner hiker and made it.

Très beau point de vue et sentier bien délimité.

Steep hike, but was a good challenge. Great views!

Badly indicated trails that had us guessing most of the first part from Sugarloaf Ski Area. We made it eventually to Lincoln and then Abraham. Nice views from the top.
Will revisit and climb Abraham from the western part.

Some rate this as a moderately difficult hike, some as a difficult hike. Let’s say it’s moderately difficult. As with any hike when you gain roughly 1000 ft. per mile, you have to work. The upper part will require some hand over foot climbing over over some dramatic outcroppings. Efforts are rewarded by probably the best views of any mountain in Vermont, as you have views, just to the west, of Vermont’s loftiest range, Mt Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, etc. In fact you have the most expansive view of virtually all of the major mountains in the Green Mountain range. Not to mention, just to the east, views of many of the western White mountains.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice view of the lake and beach below!

Sentiers bien entretenus, peu de roches. Point de vue très intéressant, mais peu d’espace pour arrêter dans les points de vue. 2h00 de marche pour gravir le sentier sud.

hiking
9 days ago

Took the south trail to summit. Incredible views, beautiful forest. Highly recommend.

The hardest I’ve done so far, but absolutely worth every step I took on that steep uphill hike! And of course, what a gorgeous view atop the Chin <3

hiking
12 days ago

For a shorter trail, it sure is strenuous! There are some steep parts to the hike. I hiked up the north trail and down the south trail. If you do this loop, expect to take a right at the bottom of the south trail, walk about a half mile to the road, turn right again and walk about 1.2 miles back to the north trail head. There are 3 lookout points at the top, all with magnificent views. Two of them, as well as the peak, are located on the south trail.

We took the North trail to the top, there were a lot less cars parked there. The trail was very well marked, started out pretty easy then had some decent incline. We went to all 3 look outs. You must, they are all spectacular. The views were just breathtaking. We even got to feed a friendly chipmunk. He took some almonds and pecans right from my hand. My favorite hike this whole year!

hiking
18 days ago

Mount Pisgah and Lake Willoughby is by far a secret Vermont gem. Hiked this trail over the weekend with two overnight primitive camping near the summit. The trail itself is rather worn from repeated traffic, and with the rock stairs and frequent switchbacks, makes for a rather easy to intermediate hike for any age group. There are many overviews along the trail-- at mile 1 on this 1.9 mile hike you will reach pulpit rock overlooking the southern beach of Lake Willoughby; at 1.9 mile summit you have a southern commanding view of the Connecticut River Valley with the non-view summit within 50 yards. Further beyond on the northern descent you have three spectacular western overviews of the Lake, Mount Hor and Mount Wheeler a little to the North. Along this part of the trail there are several primitive camp sites as well. A very easy and enjoyable hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Great views, easy hike for all ages. Trail showed obvious signs of high traffic, could not tell where the original trail was due to the trail being wide as I am tall and probably wider. Most definitely a one time hike.

Ma rando préféré cette année... pas trop longue mais demande un bon effort. il n'y a pas de top mais vous avez des petits endroits magnifiques ou vous pourrez avoir une vue sur le lac et sur les autres montagnes au loin !! ça vaut vraiment la peine c'est beau beau beau. arrivez tot et allez vous baigner dans le lac willoughby juste en bas il y a une superbe plage turquoise. l'eau est froide mais apres une rando comme celle la c'est la vie. amusez vous bien !

I started walking up and the trail is in very good condition. Great views along the way. On this day views were not that optimal because of foggy conditions.

hiking
24 days ago

Goregous!!!!
They have primitive camp available there and it was awesome!!

Intermediate difficulty hike for outdoor lovers. Once you reach the top continue to the west side for a breathtaking view of the mountains and the lake.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful hike for a beautiful view of Lake Willoughby. Well maintained and perfect for our 6 and 8 year olds.

hiking
26 days ago

Starts out with steady uphill for first 3/4 miles. Then becomes steeper for remaining 3/4 mile. Easy 15 minute scramble to top after you cross ski trail and snow making pipes. Views at top of Canada, Lake Memphremagog, and all the way down the Green Mountain spine to the south.

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.

hiking
30 days ago

here is the GPS coordinates for the start of the trail. there's a parking right next to it. The East viewpoint is the nicest one

https://goo.gl/maps/ASS7zy8zgXv

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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