Mount Ellen-Jerusalem Trail

Bristol, Vermont

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A roundabout day hike to the third highest peak in Vermont. Clusters of steep-sided hills and hollows make this region near Appalachian Gap one of the roughest in the Green Mountain State. Though a skier’s chairlift shoots straight to the top of the third-highest peak in Vermont, hikers intent on conquering Mount Ellen must employ more indirect means. In the 16 miles between Cooley Glen and VT 17, only two routes intercept the Long Trail (LT) ridge—a set of parallel paths that obliquely approach opposite ends of Lincoln Mountain. While the Battell Trail aims just below Mount Abraham, Lincoln’s anchoring summit to the south, the Jerusalem Trail arcs well to the north, giving hikers a roundabout path that connects to the top of Mount Ellen, Lincoln Mountain’s tallest peak.
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)

A roundabout day hike to the third highest peak in Vermont. Clusters of steep-sided hills and hollows make this region near Appalachian Gap one of the roughest in the Green Mountain State. Though a skier’s chairlift shoots straight to the top of the third-highest peak in Vermont, hikers intent on conquering Mount Ellen must employ more indirect means.

In the 16 miles between Cooley Glen and VT 17, only two routes intercept the Long Trail (LT) ridge—a set of parallel paths
that obliquely approach opposite ends of Lincoln Mountain. While the Battell Trail aims just below Mount Abraham, Lincoln’s anchoring summit to the south, the Jerusalem Trail arcs well to the north, giving hikers a roundabout path that connects to the top of Mount Ellen, Lincoln Mountain’s tallest peak.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bristol
Distance: 8.6
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Maps: USGS Mount Ellen quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Ellen-Jerusalem Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/29/2007
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Very subtle incline until last 0.5 miles or so before reaching the ridge line. There is an active black bear family along the trail, I ran into one of the cubs recently and heard the mother chatting with the youngsters, although I did not see the adult, just one of the cubs. The ridge hike to Ellen is spectacular with a bit of rock scrambling. Great day hike and the ski lift platform makes for a superb lunch spot with awesome views of the valley.


9/10/2006
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Our family stayed at Maple Hill Campsites, a small family owned campground that actually shuttled us to the trail From there we hiked and enjoyed breathtaking views and the wonderful foliage of Vermont's green mountains. From the Jerusalem trail we hiked to the Lincoln Gap on the long trail. A good days hike and a wonderful time!



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