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It is actually 6 miles out and back.

Amazing hike. One of my favorite ever! This section was 11.1 miles by my GPS and I would rate it hard due to the number of extremely steep and slippery sections. Enjoyed multiple breathtaking 360 degree views and got a good upper body workout from the scrambles. Trail was well marked.

If you want to hit a 4,000 ft peak in Vermont without having to actually hike up 4,000 feet, this is the way to do it. The trail starts you at the top of Lincoln gap and a moderate 2.6 mile hike each way gets you to some incredible views. There's a lodge about halfway up that makes a great break spot.

Great hike. I agree with the reviews, especially the review below me It’s pretty spot on. Starts off easy and then the trail ascends steadily for about a mile then levels off. Once you pass the shelter the trail starts climbing steadily again and there are rock scrambles and slabs to climb. Once you come across the big white painted rock... you are almost there keep going! Don’t forget to take a minute to turn around and enjoy the view. The summit views were spectacular. there Is also a plane crash site about 200 feet past the summit. It is located on the left hand side and the trail is marked with rocks.

The trail meanders over rolling terrain for the first third of a mile. Then it ascends steadily for about a mile before leveling out. It reaches the Battell Shelter, and becomes a bit steeper a few tenths of a mile after that. The trail then becomes rather steep, with several slabs to scramble up. The summit (2.6 miles from the trailhead) has great, near-360 degree views of the White Mountains, Green Mountains, Champlain Valley, and the Adirondacks.

Awesome hike with an amazing reward. The half mile to/from the summit is definitely hard and may wear you out, but it’s worth it.

Great hike for a cool summer day. Slowly builds in intensity before leveling out around the halfway point. Final mile involves some rock scrambling but nothing that should prevent someone taking their time. We experienced a rain storm on the summit and still made it back down with minimal slippage.

Great day to hike and great views at top ! One of the three peaks in Vermont with Alpine vegetation zones. First two miles through woods so not a lot of views. After the shelter the views start as well as the pine scented air. Top has views from New Hampshire to New York and Lake Champlain up towards Burlington Vt

Attracts more like 6 miles from the parking lot to the peak and back. The 1st mile and last half mile are enough to wear you out! Definitely something that is worth doing in all different seasons as you get a different feel for the trail depending on the season. One of our favorites

Really lovely hike. The beginning is quite steep (I remember thinking "this is moderate?!") but it flattens out substantially as you hike along the ridgeline for the majority of the trail. There is a short scramble at the end, which pays off in great views. The trail definitely averages out as a "moderate" hike, but would perhaps more accurately be categorized as "hard" for the first half mile and last quarter mile, and "easy" for the middle part.

This hike took me about 3 hours round trip.

Did this for the first time last year with no serious hiking experience. Went with a couple of friends. It was long for me I believe it took us all day to go up and back. It was fun and beautiful! I do recommend it though even though I had a tough time.

Nice steady climb to an (almost) 360 view - and not very crowded at the top. Don’t miss the wreckage of a small plane, off a little side trail slightly north of the summit of Abraham. I went another 3.3 miles north on the Long Trail and hit Mt. Ellen and several other peaks, with some nice views from the Sugarbush ski slopes, and then backtracked.

awesome trail with spectacular views overall great climb!!

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3 months ago

I liked this trail a lot. Pretty steep in some areas with a couple places to scramble near the top. 360 views at the top just above the tree line. Beautiful!

Great trail with spectacular 360-degree views at the top above the tree line. Some rock scrambling near the summit.

Hiked Battle Trail to Mount Abe on 5/5/18 for the first time! Took me 2 hours to summit. There was still plenty of ice and snow toward the summit, my microspikes and poles were put to good use and I'm glad I brought them, but other hikers were managing without. Some scrambling toward the top which I'm not used to being a novice hiker, but it was do-able if you take your time. Absolutely beautiful view from the top. Definitely bring plenty of snacks and water to enjoy at the summit! Definitely a challenging and rewarding hike.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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...

We started at burrows trail , summited Camels Hump and headed North on our 6 day hike to MT.Mansfield.There is a newer route and a original route of the LT, the newer is a little shorter but very dry and not that scenic, I wish I would have stuck with original plan as it has more shelters and you see humans every once in a while, we ran short on water before reaching Buchanon shelter and hitched a ride into Stowe. The most challenging trekking trip so far.

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.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

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.

We hiked this trail southbound starting at the App Gap in May. We arrived around mid-day and planned to stay at Glen Ellen Lodge. Having only vaguely heard of the Glen Ellen Lodge, we simply assumed that it would be around Mt Ellen, so, off we went for the midpoint. The ascend from the gap was steep from time to time, with ladders and rebars. Once we saw the first ski lift, it was mostly ridge walking from then on. Somewhere along the way, we completely missed the sign towards Glen Ellen Lodge (3.4 miles from App Gap), which would have been too far north to pitch camp anyways. Missing the lodge was OK because Mt Ellen also hosts a ski lift with a warming hut about 50 yards down from the peak. It's a large lodge that can sleep at least 4 people. On day one, we didn't see a single living soul on the trail. Day two was more ridge walking until Mt Abe, at which point we started seeing more hikers, and then downhill from then on.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

I hiked this northbound as part of my Long Trail thru-hike this past summer. It was one of my favourite parts of my trip. Climbing up Abe was rocky and steep at times, definitely work, but the work was rewarded with a wonderful view at the top! Then it was ridge walking for most of the rest of the way. One of the most memorable parts was the descent into Appalachian Gap, a rather challenging bit of hiking including ladders and rebar.
Not an easy trail, but it is a very rewarding trail.

Beautiful hike! We did this as an overnight instead of a day hike. The trail offered awesome views and was well maintained.

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.

Awesome day hike if you can figure out the logistics of having a car at end. I have done this 5 times now. Always challenging, but generally a great time. Very few people along the way. Don't forget to find the plane wreckage just beyond Mt Abrams summit.

This was a beautiful trek; perfect for a two-day hike since there are shelters at each side of the ridge. The trek up Abraham fluctuates between steep and moderate, with a fun long scramble to the top. The other views along the way, Little Abe, Cutt's Peak, Lincoln Peak, and Mt. Ellen, aren't nearly as typical. For example, we only knew we hit Little Abe when we saw a sign for it during the ridgeline hike (the peak is forested with little change in elevation from the trail). Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen are at the top of ski slopes, so you get a bit of the man-made structures mixed in with the scenery. We turned this hike into an overnight, which works great if you start mid-late morning and camp at one of the shelters (Glen Ellen or Battell), with the last few miles saved for the morning.

A great challenging hike on the long trail - from the top of Mt Abraham - you could see Mt Mansfield to Killington on the south - steep ascent but worth the time -- We brought Ozzie, our dog along -- great views

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