Posted by: scubatime
N 44° 09.611 W 072° 55.730
18T E 665607 N 4891749
Quick Description: Mt. Ellen is one of Vermont's five peaks over 4000 feet, and lies on the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail.
Location: Vermont, United States
Date Posted: 7/29/2009 7:31:23 AM
Waymark Code: WM6WMV
Though the summit itself is wooded, the ridge and the open ski trails near the top offer sweeping views of Vermont's peaks, the Lake Champlain Valley, the Adirondacks, and, on really clear days, to New Hampshire and Canada. This mountain was named, as legend has it, in the 1920's for Ellen Douglas, the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's "Lady of the Lake," by some of the young people working on the Long Trail.
The east side of the mountian is developed into a ski area, part of the Sugarbush complex.
Long Trail from Lincoln Gap. From the height of land on Lincoln Gap Road, travel north over Mt. Abraham and several minor peaks. One way distance is 6.3 miles. Round trip the elevation gain is about 1600 feet, and book time is about 7 hours.
Long Trail from the Appalachian Gap. From the height of land on the Sugarbush Access Road, travel south on the Long Trail. The trail goes over General Stark Mountain. One way distance to the summit of Mt. Ellen is 5.3 miles. Round trip the elevation gain is about 2200 feet and the book time is about 6 1/2 hours.
Jerusalem Trail. The little hamlet of Jerusalem is on Route 17. From the trailhead in Jerusalem, climb to the Long Trail, then south to the summit of Mt. Ellen. One way the trip is 4.3 miles. While this is the shortest approach, it also involves the largest elevation gain, about 2600 feet, and book time is 5 1/2 hours.
Other choices include a Gap-to-Gap hike from Lincoln Gap to the Appalachian Gap, or combining either Gap approach with the Jerusalem Trail, but obviously car spotting is required. The mountain can also be reached by the access road from the Sugarbush Ski Area.
Altitude in Feet: 4083
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