Jerusalem Trail to Mount Ellen is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Starksboro, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length7.6 miElevation gain2,575 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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This trail is fun and provides an awesome view at the ski lift. Beautiful trek through the woods with some steep sections, a little brook, and some rock scrambling.

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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Big Time
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Fishing

Went up on friday the 26th, Snowshoes the entire way. Breaking the trail up to the LT junction was not too bad. Blazes were a little tough to spot. The ridge line over to Mount Ellen was difficult to follow. I apologize to anyone following my tracks...lots of wrong turns and pretty sure I bushwhacked most of the way. Halfway over came across some ski tracks which would probably lead you to the ski trails, but i decided to attempt to stay in the woods. Wrong move. Deep deep snow. I would recommend getting on a Sugarbush ski trail as soon as you see one, and follow that to the summit. Blaze On!

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Peyton Coel
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The trail was completely covered in snow, with a few icy parts, so ice spikes are really helpful. The second half of the Jerusalem trail was pretty steep, but once we reached the long trail it was generally flat except towards the top of the mountain. It was very cold the whole way but the views were definitely worth it!

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Brittany Gibney
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Richard Watts
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Hiking

Beautiful in the woods...Great snowy day. Cold at the top! No footprints on the long trail north. Six people maybe all day. Ice crystals in the dogs feet.

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Adam Grinovich
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HikingIcy

Hiked this after the big snowfall the other day. Great trail in the snow. Someone else blazed the way before us until just around the LT junction. Wasn't difficult to orient without tracks. Micro spikes definitely a must. We had snowshoes but didn't need to use them.

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Jason Parkhurst
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Hiking

Awesome trail! As the poster below said you almost want to keep this one to yourself! Saw a moose just before the intersection of the long trail! Great day! And if you’re tall be careful around vacuum number 2 (the second bucket) as I hit my head on the sap pipe - I’m sure I’m not the first - the land owners are gracious enough to allow us on there land - the least we can do is be careful around there equipment!

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Tim Parsons
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I almost wanted to take this one star rather than five to keep it to myself. A long hike, but on the easier side of moderate, and a gently used party of the long trail as well if you don't want to see a lot of people. Great peak for a picnic, plenty of room even on crowded days. This trail is a hidden gem, and a new favorite.

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Yianna Rhodes
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HikingGreat!MuddyPrivate propertyRocky

Love this trail! Muddy but it’s not an issue. 2nd mile has some steeper incline but you’re quickly up at the long trail which is very mellow. Beautiful hike. Recorder on AllTrails calculated 8.1 miles. My Apple Watch recorded 9.1... Either way, just expect a longer hike than listed. Ran into almost no ice.

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Beth Rowntree Adams
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The JT holds a special place in my heart. I lived down the street from the trail head about 6 years ago and hiked up to the LT everyday. I hiked it today and NO KIDDING there were 18 cars. Whoa!!! I rarely saw other people on the JT before. Glad people are out enjoying—and...remember... ...It is private land!! Please PLEASE respect the property as it is a gift available to hikers. The trail is moderate, with steep parts. Covered in moss, beautiful colors in fall and spectacular to snowshoe in winter. Take your time and enjoy the sap lines and glimpses of mountains between trees. So—-this is VT. We can expect mud, no fault of the JT Or LT, don’t be grouchy, just be prepared. The distance to and from Mt Ellen is more than 7 miles, maybe 8.5. The LT ridge line is mellow and well maintained. View from Mt Ellen is breathtaking.

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Miranda Belles
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HikingGreat!MuddyRockySnow

The good first: beautiful scenery, lovely streams and the snow at the top was a wonderful surprise. The views from the top are awesome as expected....the not so good: very very muddy, very rocky (not hard but just a lot), mileage was way off....my gps said it was more 11.5 miles and not the 7.2 listed on this site. Overall lovely as always and very enjoyable! Moderate mostly but hard at parts of the long trail.

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Michael Tella
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David Pilkey
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very muddy towards the top. big tree down at 2 miles in. overall an enjoyable hike, hung out on top for a little wasn’t that cold! had a pretty good day out there

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Brenda Blacklock
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HikingGreat!IcyPrivate propertyRocky

This trail was fun and provided an awesome view at the ski lift. Not a tough trail at all. Beautiful trek through the woods with some steep sections, a little brook, some rock scrambling and just an overall enjoyable hike. Due to it being October we ran into some ice and snow on the trees but the sun was out !

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M Aik
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Nature trips

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