Summary: Abraham via the Battell Trail is a 5.8 mile round trip with a 2,500 foot elevation gain. The trail begins by climbing through hardwoods, switches back and forth a few times reaching two plateau along the way, eventually climbing into evergreens, reaching the Long Trail just below the Battell Shelter. The route then follows the Long Trail up some steep grades of exposed bedrock before reaching open views.
Once to the summit, there are rare alpine grasses so watch your step. Looking northwards, you can see, Mount Ellen and Camel's Hump. To the south is Mount Grant and the Breadloaf Wilderness. To the far south you can see Killington Ski Slopes.
I have seen wild turkey and deer on this hike. There is also evidence of moose, coyote and rabbits. I especially like this hike in the winter because there are more views through the leafless hardwoods.
Trailhead: From Lincoln Village turn north onto Quaker Street. At 0.7 miles turn right onto USFS Road 350 (Elder Hill Rd.). Follow this road (trail signs) 2 miles to the parking area. in winter the last 0.1 miles is not maintained.
Trail Guides for The Battell Trail Hike:
Long Trail Guide
by The Green Mountain Club (Northlight Studio Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: U.S. Forest Service Middlebury Ranger District (802) 388-4362
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by John Predom, who has posted 8 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Butch on 3/9/2011
This hike is sort of streneous but not unattainable. You will probably think that it does not end after about a couple of hours you'll find yourself closer than you think. Make sure to take plenty of liguids with you, even in the winter time. Be careful if you do hike it in winter. Unless you are in good physical condition I would avoid this trail in winter. But I don't believe it is that difficult.
Reviewed by Michael on 8/1/2008
You'll like this hike if you like less traveled trails. There is a bit of water on the trail, quite steep. I saw some people coming down in sandals that wished they had shoes on. Be sure to allow enough time to get out before dark or you'll find yourself using your cell phone for light. Not for kids and not for those who are not into difficult hikes. The trail hardly smooths out and really is just a gradual sometimes straight up hike.
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