|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Abraham, Lincoln Peak, Nancy Hanks Peak, Cutts Peak, Mt. Ellen, VT|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, July 8, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lincoln Gap Road is in good condition, but the higher parts are very steep, narrow and twisty, with no shoulder. Pay attention!
Roadside parking was almost full on Wednesday at 2:00 PM. Half full on Friday at 9:30 AM. There is a "Lower Parking Lot" that I didn't notice until I was leaving, may have had more room. However, I have heard that it is better to park by the road in plain sight due to theft and vandalism. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||One or two easy rock hops. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trail was in good condition and easy to follow. Lots of nice stone steps and stepping stones in muddy areas.
One awkward crawl-under/straddle-over (take your pick) just north of Abraham. Otherwise, a few easy step-overs and walk-unders.
It would be nice to have a summit sign on Mt. Ellen. The only thing I saw was a very small cairn. |
||Black flies, mosquitoes, and other things (deer flies?). Covered up, applied DEET, and kept moving. Lots of buzzing and annoying, but few if any bites. |
|Lost and Found:
||This was a great hike. Abraham has spectacular views, Ellen not so much. The ridge walk is mostly wooded, but has some nice views to both sides at outlooks or through the trees.|
It had rained a day or two earlier, and there was a fair amount of mud and wet rock. The steep ledges on Abraham were mostly dry, which is a good thing. Some of the scrambles on Abraham are difficult, but there are usually decent footholds and handholds, including tree trunks, branches or roots. On trails like this, I'm a tree-hugger!
Stayed overnight at Battell Shelter. Nice spot, good solid lean-to and a few open spots for small tents. Plentiful water source, bear box, friendly and helpful caretaker. $5 fee.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.