“Experience a beautiful section of the Long Trail that summits Mount Abraham and Lincoln Peak.”
— Simeon Pol
Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife
From Lincoln Gap, this run climbs the southern ridge of Mount Abraham. The run begins just below subalpine forests that make for a gorgeous, conifer-filled climb. Mount Abraham is one of the five 4000+ foot mountains in Vermont, making it a coveted summit for peak baggers. The view at the peak of Abraham is spectacular, giving a 360-degree view of all the surrounding valleys and mountain ranges as well as Lake Champlain. Continuing toward Lincoln, you'll find a hidden gem: an old 1973 plane crash can be found just off the trail. If you look closely, you can find it. On your way to Lincoln, you'll pass over Little Abraham marked by a trail sign. If you continue on, Lincoln Peak is not far. The summit of Lincoln offers great views of Sugarbush Ski Resort as well as a nice seating area to enjoy the view.
Starting from Lincoln Gap, the trail ebbs and flows as it navigates the southern ridge of Abraham Mountain and quickly climbs into the subalpine forest. The climb is a gradual one over rocky and rooted terrain.
At around 1.7 miles in, you'll encounter the Battell Trail
Junction and the Battell Shelter that's used by Long Trail runners.
As the climb continues, the grade remains fairly consistent. In the final 0.3 miles before the summit of Mount Abraham, the terrain becomes rocky and steep and involves some level of scrambling to navigate. After navigating the steep switchbacking trail, you reach the summit of Mount Abe. The marker is located in the middle of a large semi-circle made of rocks.
Continuing on to Lincoln Peak, the run is fairly straightforward and involves an easy traversing section with minimal scrambling. The trail comes out right above the Lincoln Peak chairlift for Sugarbush Ski Resort. There is a well-built seating area at the peak that can be used to relax and enjoy the view.