Monroe Skyline-Lincoln Gap to Appalachian Gap

Montpelier, Vermont

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This is a one-way backpack along a celebrated section of a scenic Green Mountain ridge. Although the LT stretches 265 miles from Massachusetts to the Canadian border, its 30-mile segment from Lincoln Gap to the Winooski River, known as the Monroe Skyline, captures a generous portion of Vermont’s finest alpine sights. This overnight trek along a narrow section of the Green Mountain ridge from Lincoln Gap to Appalachian Gap features a shortened version of the Skyline route—a popular traverse widely regarded as a highlight of the famous hike. Cooperation is needed to spot a car at the end of this paradoxical journey that rambles over six summits yet visits only two mountains, Lincoln (with five peaks) and General Stark. Spanning arctic heights adorned with alpine plants, this north-bound traverse clearly reminds hikers of the need for conservation. It also proves that natural environs can be scenic though not pristine.
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour) (Falcon Guides)

This is a one-way backpack along a celebrated section of a scenic Green Mountain ridge. Although the LT stretches 265 miles from Massachusetts to the Canadian border, its 30-mile segment from Lincoln Gap to the Winooski River, known as the Monroe Skyline, captures a generous portion of Vermont’s finest alpine sights. This overnight trek along a narrow section of the Green Mountain ridge from Lincoln Gap to Appalachian Gap features a shortened version of the Skyline route—a popular traverse widely regarded as a highlight of the famous hike.

Cooperation is needed to spot a car at the end of this paradoxical journey that rambles over six summits yet visits only two mountains, Lincoln (with five peaks) and General Stark. Spanning arctic heights adorned with alpine plants, this north-bound traverse clearly reminds hikers of the need for conservation. It also proves that natural environs can be scenic though not pristine.

© 2008 Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Montpelier
Distance: 11.6
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Middlebury Ranger District, 1007 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05753; (802) 388-4362
Local Maps: USGS Lincoln and Mount Ellen quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Monroe Skyline-Lincoln Gap to Appalachian Gap

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