Battell Trail to Lincoln Peak is a 6.5 mile out and back trail located near Bristol, Vermont and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used 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.
In winter, the Battell trail is a monster. It's a 20,000 step round trip, ice covered challenge of switch backs and up, up, and more up. Micro-spikes are a must and 3-4 hours of time are needed (I'm old and slow). I could not summit because the snow was slipping off of the ice, so I turned around at the steepest, final stretch. Note there is a second route up! When driving up Elder rd, you'll come to a bend near the end. You'll see a sign that says, Battell Trail to the left. Stop and park right there. Take the fire road up on your left. Continue up until you see a gate on your left. Take that fire road up until you reach a clearing with a picnic table. That's the view with the dog, looking west. Look for the two large ponds behind you and walk between them. You'll find a little used trail that goes up to intersect the Battell trail above the wooden bridges. Right now, its easy to find... just follow my foot steps in the snow. From my car, almost to the summit and back... 20K steps...
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.