August 29th 2016
Vermont is a beautiful state. Just driving down the Lincoln gap road I knew this was going to be an awesome hike. The steepest part of the hike is from the parking to the top of Mt Abraham with almost 500 m of elevation gain in 3.7 km. The views from the top are spectacular.
The top of Mount Abraham (1224 m). The fifth tallest peak in Vermont.
From top there is a clear view of the Adirondacks to the West. To the South Killington Peak, Pico Peak and the Appalachian Trail. The hike from Mount Abe to Mount Ellen is quite easy and quite enjoyable. The views are slightly taken away by the ski trails but the views are still fantastic. Mount Ellen is the 4th tallest peak in Vermont at (1244 m).
The top of Mount Ellen (1244 m).
Just a hundred meters past Mount Ellen there is a great view of the Camels Hump and even further Mount Mansfield.
Camels Hump in the background.
The hike back was quick and easy. I had a short chat with the people at the Battell Lodge then headed back to the parking. I grabbed subway for dinner then drove off to the parking of the Hell Brook trail.
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Stats for the first hike
919 meters elevation gain
I grabbed my bag and hiked up to Taft lodge from the Hell Brook Trail. It was already dark when I started my hike so it made the hike slow going. This hike is very difficult and requires several scrambles. It is often wet also so be very careful. I got to Taft lodge around 11 pm and went directly to bed.
August 30th 2016
I woke up at 4 am and hiked from Taft lodge to the top of Mount Mansfield. I spent a few hours watching the sunrise. It was beautiful and worth the second trip for sure.
Sunrise above the clouds.
I headed back via long trail back to the car parked at Hell Brook trail head because there was no way I had the energy to get down the Hell Brook trail.
View from the top of Mount Mansfield the tallest peak in Vermont (1339m).
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Stats for the Hell Brook trail: 2 km hike + 539 m elevation gain
Stats for Taft lodge to Mt Mansfield back: 5.1 km hike + 267 m elevation gain