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Mount Abraham and Mount Ellen Loop is a 10 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Warren, Vermont that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length10 miElevation gain3290 ftRoute typeLoop
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Grab both these 4,000' peaks on a long ridge above the Sugarbush Ski Resort with an optional ski descent. This is a fun ridge climb in winter or spring if you bring along a pair of skis for the descent. Once you climb up the ski slopes you'll be following the Long Trail over the ridge to get both Abraham and Ellen. You'll reach the top of Lincoln Peak first on your ascent above the highest chairlift at Sugarbush. You'll then follow the ridge south to the bare summit of Abraham then back north a long ways across the ridge to the wooded summit of Ellen above Mad River Glen ski resort. Don't go down these trails as you'll end up at the base of the wrong resort. Instead, trace your steps back along the ridge where you intersect the Sugarbush trails. Pick a trail from here, snap into your skis and head on down for a fun descent.

Sugarbush Trailhead: Follow Rte. 101 north past the town of Warren Vt, keeping an eye out for the many signs pointing towards Sugarbush. There is no fee to park in the parking lot. Tip: If you do plan on skiing this route and the resort is open make sure to climb up the side of the trails away from descending skiers. Be respectful.

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Mark Akers
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Mariah Savard
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Elija F
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Beautiful hike easily accessible via Mt Ellen Base Lodge via lift line trails and return on service road. Long Trail was wet and muddy but nice vistas on the short alpine traverse.

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Jason Crane
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HikingGreat!Muddy

From the Sugarbush main lodge, ascended to Lincoln Peak, then over to Abraham via the Long Trail, then hiked the entire ridgeline out to Ellen, then back down a maintenance road from Castlerock. During the ascent, I inadvertently went right at a maintenance road junction & hiked a steep ski trail up to about 3,000 ft., then re-connected with the maintenance road when I saw other hikers. I thought the best views were actually on Lincoln Peak & there is a porch/observation deck in the trees. Long Trail was very muddy, but manageable. Total distance measured 11.5 miles & my climb time was 5 hrs. 45 minutes. Note - there's a relic of a plane crash near the Abraham summit, but I did not visit the site. No signage to identify the site, but there is an obvious, heavily used spur trail. Also, there is a marked water spring near the Castlerock summit. The weather was great & definitely enjoyed this loop!

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Owen Hartman
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Definitely recommend taking the loop in a counter clockwise fashion. Conditions were a bit soggy on the way down, and the long trail ridge section was quite muddy here and there. Highly recommend a wind layer and a camera.

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Viktor Hlas
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erin keefe
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Hike down was poorly thought out, would not recommend. Down a double black. Bushwhacked most of it.

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Charlie Rudge
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HikingFloodedGreat!

hiked on 8/24, beautiful conditions. the ascent up Mt Ellen is very difficult, I’d recommend taking the ski trails instead of the chairlift chutes- there is lots of running water, and the whole area is choked with weeds. the rest of the trail is easy and very nice, gravel ski trails and the Long Trail are easy to follow

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Alison Macdonald
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HikingMuddyRocky

Good trail on ridge with beautiful views - hardest part is the down & up since it’s on rocky/sandy open ski trails that zig zag. Little bit pounding on feet, but worth it for the views on top!

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Caleb Sander
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Bita Olyaei
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We did the hike on 13 October. Long Trail was fun, well maintained, no mud, not rocky. It was super easy. The hard part was going down on 45 degree angle ski path. Take troll head as soon as you get there. In the meantime if you don’t do that ski path challenge, the hike won’t be considered difficult as all. It’s an easy, short family hike.

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Dan Dan
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Jolie boucle pour effectuer 2 sommets de plus de 4000 pieds mais cela se passe en partie dans les pentes de skis (je préfère de loin les sentiers en forêt)! De belles vues sur Abraham et sur le sentier menant au Ellen (au sommet du Ellen, pas de vues, mais il y en a de très jolies à moins d'une centaine de mètres plus loin). Concernant la fin de la boucle sur l'itinéraire de ''AllTrails'', cela nous ramène par une pente de ski sans chemin de pierre... donc beaucoup d'herbes hautes, fougères, trous et petites rigoles d'eau... bref, je recommande plutôt d'utiliser un autre chemin de retour afin de revenir par un chemin de pierre pour faciliter la descente!

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Dena Aravantinos
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Route takes you bushwhacking up black diamond trails through boot high mud and waist high brush. Suggest you follow the well marked yellow 7 8 trail to the Longtrail or from a Longtrail trailhead. Do not recommend this loop.

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Matt Filion
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Caution, The resort was nice enough to put up yellow hiking trail markers going up the ski trails. Only problem is that they are not the same as the Alltrail route. I would suggest anyone taking this route use the app to follow the route, there are way to many ski trails and getting off track was very easy. Also very wet trail, make sure you have good waterproof boots.

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Bob Simek
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HikingBlowdownSnow

I typically give every hike 5 stars but pulled one off here due to the early spring trail conditions. It's doable but you've still got some snow rails on top, postholing, wetness and mud, and trees down. Now the details: going up from Sugarbush is wonderful, that part was fine. I started up in the direction of Mt Ellen doing the trek counterclockwise. It might be better doing it the clockwise, at least on this day. The trek from the ridge to Ellen was the worst. The snow rails aren't always stable so you need to be careful. Some brush and trees down too. I took a break in the chairlift-minder's box just to the north of Mt. Ellen, that was nice. Going back didn't seem as bad. The traverse over to Abe is better, the snow more stable, and trail crews have cut thru all of the downed trees. Over to Mt Abe (from Lincoln Peak) was tricky with more snow and posthole issues but not as long as the Ellen leg. I finally found the crash site cairn on the way back, that's worth the short hike down. Coming down the SB slopes was tricky too. I'd say just do it anyway, you need the two 4,000' peaks for the NE67 list. Just do it!

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Bill Westervelt
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A much better approach to this hike would be to begin at either Lincoln or Appalachian Gaps and sticking to the long trail ridge. Hiking up (or down) the ski area is a chore and, as some of the other reviews noted, difficult to route find. It’s also tough on the knees coming down. The exception to that would be to hike up and down the castlerock troll road which is a nice way up and down from the ridge.

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James M
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I'll start off by saying that these mountains are beautiful and any hike in the area is well worth it. However, the intel and directions from the All Trails route is not ideal, and coming up from the Sugarbush ski area can get confusing and tricky. That said, starting at the Lincoln peak base lodge, follow the utility road that goes under the lift. There are several forks in the road, the first of which you should take the left road. After that all the roads will eventually get you to the same place, as long as you keep going up. You are loosely following the Organ Grinder trail, so if keep seeing those signs, you are on track. The road is smooth but punishingly uphill at times. It's essentially a 3 miles at a 1000 ft gained per mile ratio. From the top you can get to the Lincoln Peak viewing platform (which served us no good because of the dense fog) and then follow Long Trail south to Abraham, which is a 40 minute hike. Make sure to jump off trail about 300 yards down from the Abraham summit to get a glimpse of the famous plane wreck from the 1980s. Very cool! From there you wind back to Lincoln, and over 2 minor peaks on to Ellen, the summit of which is forested but very peaceful. After getting back near Lincoln peak, you have the option to follow the All Trails route and descend down the "Middle Eart" trail. This is not recommended. The way is slippery, steep, with very dense vegetation. I'd recommend continuing past the Middle Earth ski trail back up to the Castle Rock chairlift and following the "Troll Road" trail down. We did not do that ourselves, but it looks like a significantly easier route, and ends up in the same place. The hike was excellent, but All Trails will let you down a little bit from a best route perspective. Still entirely worth the trip however!

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Valerie Roberts
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Hicking trail on this app was not well described we took the “RED” road on the map provided by this app..... we ended up “off trail” almost got hurt! It was badly indicated and also to much detail were left out! It’s not a hicking trail so much as your walking in the rocks of the ski descent! There was one part after the the Lincoln Peak that was fun it was really a hicking trail in the woods and fun! Other then that it was very dangerous and we could have got hurt ! This should have been only for winter Also we went all the way to Lincoln Peak and it clearly says 1200m or 3973 feet of altitude! And this app says that we only did 700m of altitude!! Kinda sucks after all this hard work you like to have your stats correct!!

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Raffi Nicoghosian
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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.

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Kerry Davis
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Hiked these mountains starting from the Battell Trailhead located in Lincoln. The trail steadily climbs 2.5 miles through mixed forest to join up with the Long trail about 0.8 miles from the summit of Mt Abe. At the Battell shelter I camped overnight and ascended the summit fairly easy in 45 minutes in the morning. Abe offers stunning views and makes for a great jumping off point for the 5.2 mike trek along the Monroe Skyline to Mt Ellen. The ridge line crosses many smaller but beautiful peaks in their own right— Lincoln Peak 3975 feet, Nancy Hanks @ 3812 feet, Castle Rock at the top of Sugarbush ski lift, and Cutts peak @ 3940 feet. After a long ridgeline hike of undulating Climbs and descents you finally arrive at the tabletop summit of a viewless and anticlimactic Ellen. Not a great reward for all the effort . However a 100 feet further off the summit , the ski lift platform gives you a pretty great view of the Appalachian gap, and Mad River and Sugarbush Ski resorts in the valley. The return trip will leave you feeling exhausted , but Abraham is a great resting point before heading back down into the valley at the trailhead. Overall the trip was 15.2 miles out and back in a total logged time of 11 hours on the trail. Make sure you bring plenty of water and moleskin!

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Eric St Jean
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Great hike up Sugarbush ski resort. It’s nice to have the choice of either taking an easier/more mellow route or one more strenuous. Worthwhile views from the top of Abraham as well as all crossings with ski trails (tops of ski lifts). The hike down is quite steep towards the top, though instead of taking black diamonds all the way down you have the option to hike down ‘Troll Road’ which switch backs down the mountain.

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Amy Staples
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Lucas Higgins
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Took the Long Trail from Lincoln Gap. Moderate hike with some great views! Can break either Abraham or Ellen up for a quick day hike.

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Machen Henriquez
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This place is gorgeous! If your start your climb from sugarbush resort it's a hell of a climb up. Once you get to the mountain ridge its a breeze. Go to mount Abraham when you do this hike it's totally worth it!

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Judy Payne
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I just did to mount Abraham then back down. Easy and rewarding hike with great views.

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Nina Carter
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Fun steep parts very slippery in the rain!

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