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Mount Abraham: Battell Trail

The Battell Trail is a vigorous hike up the western flank of Vermont's lowest 4,000 foot peak. The trail to the summit of Mt. Abraham (5.8 miles round-trip) features alpine vegetation, an overnight shelter, and three-state mountain views. 
Trail Activity
Length
2.0 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Moderate, Advanced, Strenuous
Town
Lincoln (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Pets
Unknown
Fees
No

Description

A western approach to Mount Abraham, Vermont's fifth highest peak, the Battell Trail intercepts a portion of the Monroe Skyline near tent sites and a log shelter on the slopes of Lincoln Mountain. Aside from rare plants and fabulous views, two sugarbushes are found on the route - the resort valley northeast of the peak and the stand of maples near the trailhead.

Sap lines cross well above your head as the trail modulates up a terraced slope and melds into the uniform pitch of a sidehill traverse as it exits the sugarbush.

Catch a breather along the face of a shallow ridge before the path climbs briefly, then flattens again to span a brook on wooden planks. Just beyond this crossing, the trail directly assaults the western flank of Lincoln Mountain, the elongated parent of Mount Abraham, Mount Ellen, and other lesser peaks. With views flickering through the treetops, the route executes a 0.5-mile zigzag up a sharply angled slope then slants southeast, turning away from the summit toward a col that holds the shelter. A brisk 0.4-mile climb completes the final leg of the Battell Trail that meets a curve in the Long Trail (LT), 0.1 miles south of the campsite and 0.9 miles south of the peak.

From the Battell junction, the white-blazed LT descends 1.7 miles right (south) to Lincoln Gap. Straight ahead, a broad path rises comfortably to tent platforms and an Adirondack-style lean-to set in a glade accompanied by the sound of a gurgling brook. Even if you're not spending the night, the Battell Shelter is a logical place to take a break.

North of the campsite, the LT rolls easily upward on a stony path through crowding evergreens and scrambles over exposed bedrock to disclose emerging views. Be cautious on these slippery faces of stone that carry the trail higher with the aid of sporadic footholds chipped into solid rock. Short, steep scrambles lead into the alpine zone amid reminders to stay on the trail. The path rises through Krummholz vegetation, clambers over boulders, and surfaces atop a peak that greets hikers with a circle of stones and a rare collection of alpine flowers.

To see the Long Trail continuation on the interactive map, click to show "Long Trail: Burlington and Bread Loaf Sections."

Trail Manager

Visit Green Mountain National Forest online for more information or contact:

US Forest Service
Phone: (802) 767-4261 x530
hknox@fs.fed.us
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Pack it in, pack it out. This goes for trash, leftover food, toilet paper, and hygiene products. If you brought it into nature, please bring it out.
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Trailhead Information

In the center of Lincoln Village, turn north onto unmarked Quaker Street at a stone marker and directly adjacent to the Lincoln General Store. After 0.6 miles, turn right (east) onto Forest Road 350 at a second sign for the Battell Trail, and stay on this gravel road ignoring turns that branch right and left. After 2.1 miles, FR 350 narrows to one lane and leads to a parking space across the road from the trailhead.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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adkjoe
December 18, 2017
Battell trail is a monster in the winter, but well worth it. Bring snow shoes and crampons if you plan to summit. 2.0 miles to the shelter and .9 from the shelter to the summit. Be prepared for a rock scramble/climb to get to the summit. One of my favorite hikes!
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