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Jerusalem Trail to Mount Ellen is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Warren, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 2,539 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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Getting There

NOTE: This trail starts on private property. Please remember to follow the trail.

Vermont Depart of Travel and Tourism, 134 State Street, P.O. Box 1471 , Montpelier, VT, 055601, Phone: 802-828-3236

Directions from South Starksboro, VT: Travel north on SR 17 about a mile. Turn right onto Jerusalem Road. At .8 mile, turn left onto Jim Dwire Road. The trailhead is about .5 mile on the right.

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Jen Perlee
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HikingBugs

Was more like 8 miles. Nothing to hard. Lots of different terrain and vegetation. Kept it interesting. Only saw 4 other people today. Would do again.

Renée Renaud
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HikingMuddyPrivate propertyRocky

Quite a bit of much-needed rain today, but still such a beautiful place to be. Everything is so lush and green, the trail is easy to follow, and even though I was socked in, it was nice to be out, with or without a view. A bit anti-climactic at the summit reaching the ski resort, but that is to be expected.

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Ian Pyl
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Bryant Pless
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailSnow

This trail has a lot to offer. The walk through the birch grove was wonderful- a carpet of wildflowers under the green haze of just opening leafs... wow. The trail is a steady climb most of the way. The last push to the summit is steep but not terribly so with several sections of flatter hiking. Long Trail was mostly snow, so hiking poles or micro spikes would be helpful, specially the last mile up to Mt. Ellen. Decided to skip that section on way back, using the ski run then short bushwhack back to LT.

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Mari R.
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HikingIcyScrambleSnow

Awesome! I hiked the whole long trail last summer so this was fun to get back on the long trail. However as of may 3rd the upper part of the Jerusalem trail and the on LT hiking was snowy and could be useful to have micro spikes. Regardless we did this trail in about 5 hour total( I was hiking with my mom) who was a big hiker but has now slowed down a bit - a little advanced for her. A really fun hike all together!

Mike Thompson
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HikingBlowdownIcyOff trailPrivate propertySnow

Hiked 3/15, sunny all day and in the 20’s. The Jerusalem Trail is a straight forward one that is wide enough for ATV’s and is hard packed. There are many maple taps on the trees, which was pretty cool to follow for a bit. We started off with microspikes, but switched to snowshoes for the rest of the day after about a mile. Once you reach the long trail, however, the trail is scarcely marked and a little harder to follow. There are large sections where the Long Trail is very torn up from post holing, so watch your step and bring snowshoes. We ended up doing some bushwhacking towards the summit where the ski slopes are because we lost the trail, only to find it, and lose it, and repeat. It was a great day otherwise with some fantastic views and a beautiful sunset. We passed 2 people and a dog right as we started and didn’t see a soul for the rest of the day. Sugarbush must’ve been closed because we didn’t see any workers, or ski/snowboarders either, which was actually very eerie. It was an amazing day, but I don’t think that I would hike this one again, possibly from another trail.

Jimmy Gunger
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HikingMuddySnow

The Jerusalem trail, as other have said, starts relatively flat and gradually grows steeper. Following the steepest section you will arrive at the Long Trail. Turn right to follow the up and down ridge-line until summiting. The trail was muddy following a big rain storm earlier this week which dumped 3inches of snow at the top. Spectacular intro to winter with classic fall views along the way. We even found some bobcat tracks in the snow near the summit. This was the least trafficked 4000foot trail I have been on in Vermont.

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Bill Westervelt
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Hiking

I actually hiked this to the top of Mad River Glen which is a left hand turn once you hit the long trail. 6.5 miles round trip. This is an easy hike however the long trail was a complete quagmire here in early October. Thankfully had good boots but anything less would be miserable. Saw one person the whole day which was nice.

Ross Carlson
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Elizabeth Grunberg
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HikingMuddyPrivate propertyRocky

Jerusalem Trail started off pretty easy, then gradually got much steeper! Definitely challenging, but doable. It made the last 2 miles on the Long Trail seem easy! Muddy at parts but really pretty. More than 7.5 miles round trip from trailhead to top of Mt. Ellen. Closer to 8.5. No set summit, but nice to pop out and hang at the top of the ski lift. Incredible views! Hardly saw anyone on the trail which was surprising of a Saturday.

Jamie Calzini
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Hiking

I love this hike, so quiet compared to hiking the other 4000 footers on VT. The GMC measures this as an 8.4 mile out and back, could be why it seems longer

Walter Gustafson
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William Tyler
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HikingMuddyPrivate property

I love hiking in this part of Vermont, the Lincoln gap area around Mad River Valley/Sugarbush. This trail took me longer then I expected. It’s not terribly difficult at any point, it just seems longer then it is. Everybody seems to enjoy walking through the sugarbush and seeing the sap lines. I even met a young couple who asked me what they were. I don’t see them as an attraction. They’re there, and it is private land. I really enjoy the Long Trail section on the ridge line. It goes up and down with the ridge, then ascends to Ellen peak. You can get a bit of a breather until the final climb on this ridge. It looks worse then it is as you approach the summit, you can look up and see the peak at a few points. The actual peak is a little side trail and isn’t much to look at. The main attraction is the ski lift and sitting on the base and enjoying the views is quite nice. There is also a spot looking west at Lake Champlain and the ADK’s just before the summit that is really nice. This was my last of the 4000 footers I needed to climb for Vermont, and it was well worth it!

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