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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Abraham, Lincoln Peak, Nancy Hanks Peak, Cutts Peak, Mt. Ellen, VT
Trails
Trails: Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 8, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
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. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One or two easy rock hops. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
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. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: 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
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 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.  
Name
Name: GregM 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-07-08 
Link
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