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Jerusalem Trail to Mount Ellen is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bristol, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length8.1 miElevation gain2601 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Note: The beginning of this trail is on private property. Please remember to follow the trail. 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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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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Hiking

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 Eddy-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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HikingBlowdownMuddyPrivate property
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David Pilkey
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Hiking

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

Yep!

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Claire Fridkin
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Really pretty! Honestly I was sweating on the Jerusalem trail but once you reach the long trail it’s pretty smooth sailing. Also, accidentally did not record the way down, but for what it’s worth, it took me just under 2 hours up and 1.5 down. I didn’t experience any issues with mud or bugs although there are plenty of flies!

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Jarad Roach
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Catie Calabrese
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HikingGreat!

This was a great hike! Conditions were perfect and great view at the top by the ski lift. When reaching the long trail from the Jerusalem trail, go right (long trail south) to get to mount Ellen, but go left (long trail north) just around the bend for a sweet little lookout spot (you’ll see the sign for the Orvis Lookout). We almost missed it but it’s so close and worth checking out!

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Jason Bouffard
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Great trail! Jerusalem Trail is fairly steep for sections up to the Long Trail. Not too much incline after that up to Mt Ellen. A little muddy but plenty of room to go around it.

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Jared Bomba
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HikingGreat!MuddyPrivate property

This was a beautiful hike with a few steeper sections. Once you hit the long trail it gets a bit muddy but it isn't bad this year with how dry it is. In a wetter year or after heavy rain I could imagine that section being much less pleasant. It was cold and windy at the summit but the view was spectacular. On a clear day you should be able to see well into the adirondacks and southern Quebec. This hike is on the longer side so despite most of it not being especially tough it does require a fair amount of endurance. Make sure you go early to allow adequate time to get out of the woods before sundown.

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Carly Olson
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Trail was fun - pretty mellow on the ascent and it’s a nice long trail within a beautifully wooded forest. A lot of the trail towards the summit was super muddy when we were there. Also, our trackers reflected more than 7.7 miles when we finished, so this trail may be longer than is reflected here.. which we were OK with but just a heads up to others.

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Christina B
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HikingGreat!Private property

I'm slow. I just am. If you're slow too check out my recording to get a better estimate. But I do it and I love this trail. I hike to be in the woods and this trail was so quiet on a week day. I didn't see a single person on the JT portion, and only 2 on the way up and 3 or 4 on the way down on the LT portion. When I got back to the JT trailhead there were only two other cars there that must have arrives after me (I arrived at 9am). There were maybe 3 groups at the summit. It's a gorgeous hike with some great mud and beautiful moss and greenery. It was one of those that isn't the hardest that there is, but it was really fun. Thank you so much to those that own the land that holds the Jerusalem trail. I really appreciate you letting people hike it and hope you don't experience any abuse of this great priviledge!

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