The Lincoln Gap to Mt.Abraham portion of the Long Trail is a challenging hike to one of the most impressive summits in New England. At over 4000 feet you have 360o views of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain to the west, the White Mountains to the east and the Green Mountains from Killington Peak to Belividere Mountain to the south and north.
The trail is a combination of high mountain forest and rocky terrain and may have numerous wet portions during the spring and after heavy rains. Elevation gain is moderate during the first portion increasing significantly as you approach the summit. At the 1.7 mile mark the trail passes the Battell Shelter a frequent overnight stop for Long Trail hikers. The shelter also marks the intersection of the Long Trail and the Battell Trail, a Long Trail access trail from the west. It is wise to note the intersection as to not get confused on your return trip.
Once at the summit please stay on the trail as the summit is home to a number of extremely rare arctic vegetation currently considered endangered.
Elevation gain: 2200 ft.
Distance: 5.7 miles round trip.
Approximate time to complete: 4 hrs
Additional Long Trail information available at www.greenmountainclub.org
From the intersection of Rt. 100 and Rt. 17 travel 5 mile south on Rt. 100 and make right onto Lincoln Gap Road. Travel up Lincoln Gap Road approximately 4 miles. Two dirt parking areas will appear on the left side of road. Trail head is just past second parking area on the right side of road.