Lincoln Gap - Appalachian Gap Trail

Warren, Vermont

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This hike is a peak-bagger’s dream, crossing at least four summits - Mount Abraham (elevation 4006 feet), Lincoln Peak (elevation 3972 feet), Mount Ellen (elevation 4083 feet), and General Stark Mountain (elevation 3662 feet) - Depending on how you count them. Some maps also recognize Nancy Hanks Peak on the north side of Lincoln Peak and Cutts Peak on the south side of Mount Ellen, which would give you six summits in one trip. Others consider the entire ridge to be only two peaks - Lincoln and Stark - with prominent points like Mount Abraham to be part of the other two. Regardless of how you count them, this is one of the classic ridge-walks in Vermont, and a dog’s delight, except for the last section between the top of General Stark and Appalachian Gap. For this reason, ending your hike down a ski trail at Mad River Glen is recommended if you are hiking with a smaller or less agile dog. Otherwise, the descent to Appalachian Gap is an interesting final leg of the hike, with views and some challenges, including two short ladders. The ladders are the main reason why this hike is best done from south to north with a dog. It is easier for a dog to go down the two ladder pitches than to go up them. In addition, it is nice to get an early reward, reaching the summit of Mount Abraham, then to have a long, gradual descent most of the way from there.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)

This hike is a peak-bagger’s dream, crossing at least four summits - Mount Abraham (elevation 4006 feet), Lincoln Peak (elevation 3972 feet), Mount Ellen (elevation 4083 feet), and General Stark Mountain (elevation 3662 feet) - Depending on how you count them. Some maps also recognize Nancy Hanks Peak on the north side of Lincoln Peak and Cutts Peak on the south side of Mount Ellen, which would give you six summits in one trip. Others consider the entire ridge to be only two peaks - Lincoln and Stark - with prominent points like Mount Abraham to be part of the other two. Regardless of how you count them, this is one of the classic ridge-walks in Vermont, and a dog’s delight, except for the last section between the top of General Stark and Appalachian Gap. For this reason, ending your hike down a ski trail at Mad River Glen is recommended if you are hiking with a smaller or less agile dog.

Otherwise, the descent to Appalachian Gap is an interesting final leg of the hike, with views and some challenges, including two short ladders. The ladders are the main reason why this hike is best done from south to north with a dog. It is easier for a dog to go down the two ladder pitches than to go up them. In addition, it is nice to get an early reward, reaching the summit of Mount Abraham, then to have a long, gradual descent most of the way from there.

© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Warren
Distance: 11.6
Elevation Gain: 2,520 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Green Mountain Club
Local Maps: USGS Lincoln, Mount Ellen
Driving Directions: Directions to Lincoln Gap - Appalachian Gap Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2009
0

This section of the Long Trail is the most rewarding thing I have done in a long time, and served to get me back into backpacking after being an armchair backpacker for a few years. theres plenty of great views and the peaks you bag en route are memorable. The day I started was sunny and warm, but I put on late so I sprinted my way to the summit of Mt. Ellen since I had to have a short day the next day due to work. The summer of 09 was a wet one, and even after 4 or 5 days of consecutive sunshine, the trail was still soggy in places. I hiked the last 4 miles of this in pouring rain, which was a little nerve racking as there is at least one spot where you have to use ladders to get down some rocks. The vertical gain at the beginning and end are nothing to sneeze at but overall it's worth the strenuous effort. Anyone with the opportunity should do this hike!


10/2/2008
1

Beautiful stretch of the Long Trail. There are many opportunities to tent other then shelters. Top of ski runs offer good opportunities. Beautiful views! Steep descent into App. Gap. Not sure how one could snowshoe this, even though it is marked as snowshoe trail. Shelter just before App Gap. has little room for tenting but has beautiful view.


7/8/2008
1

Did the gap to gap with my 18yo son. Started @ 11:15am, finished @ 8pm just in time for sunset. (took a while because I'm really out of shape and stopped often) Rigorous hike, challenging but very worth it. Thoroghly enjoyed it, even the hellacious storm that blew in on top of Abrams and poured for the final 2 miles!! Very steep down to Lincoln gap. Will do again.


12/11/2006
1

The Lincoln Gap Road (Lincoln-Warren Highway) closes every season on November 1st. Critical information that I had to find myself, add that to your report.


8/15/2006
0

Great hike but very hot when we went. Dry summer so few streams and hard to refill water. Awesome views (as long as you don't mind being on ski trails). More traffic than on other sections of teh trail we have hiked. This was our first overnight with kids on teh Long Trail and the start (we did N to S) at the App Gap was pretty harsh--steep and 90 degree weather. After that and a good dinner, all was well. Did with 2 6 year olds, 10 and 11 year old and 2 dogs. We were not prepared to carry the dogs up the ladder near the start of the trail! Great hike but it takes longer than you think--especially when carrying a pack or travelling with younger kids.



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