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Hike Mount Ellen

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Mount Ellen Information

Elevation: 4,083 feet (1,244 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 2132 feet (650 meters)
Location: Warren, VT (Washington County)
Range: Green Mountains
Coordinates: 44°9.59' North     72°55.73' West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Moderate
Features: Long Trail, Peak bag, Glen Ellen cabin close-by, no river crossings, plane crash site
Distance of highlighted hike below: 10.8 miles with Mount Abraham, or 8.2 miles alone.

Mount Ellen is a 4,083 foot mountain in the Green Mountains of Vermont. The Long Trail traverses the summit ridge of Mount Abraham. The mountain is situated between Cutts Peak to the South and Gen. Stark Mountain to the North.

Mount Ellen as well as Lincoln Peak provide the slopes for Sugarbush Ski Resort in Mad River Valley.

There is no views on the actual summit of Mount Ellen, but just a few feet North on the Long Trail there are views from the top of the ski lift.

There was a plane crash on Mount Abraham (between Mount Ellen and Abraham)
On June 28, 1973, a pilot on his way from Twin Mountain, Vermont to Newburgh, New York was trying to navigate through a thick cloud and struck some trees at roughly 3,000 feet elevation on Mount Abraham. He survived the plane crash, but parts of the place still exist on the mountain today.
Plane info: Cessna 182N Registration Number N92431. To find this plane and other plane crash sites in New England visit our Plane Crashes page. There is a map below with the plane crash site pointed out just after the summit of Mount Abraham to the North.

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Looking at Cutts Peak and Mount Ellen right behind it on July 5, 2014.


For peak-baggers:
Cutts Peak is roughly 0.5 miles from the summit of Mount Ellen
Nancy Hanks Peak is 1.6 miles from the summit of Mount Ellen
Gen. Stark Mountain is 2.2 miles from the summit of Mount Ellen
Lincoln Peak is 2.9 miles from the summit of Mount Ellen
Mount Abraham is 3.7 miles from the summit of Mount Ellen

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Mount Ellen Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Ellen as well as Mount Abraham from a traverse of the Jim Dwire Road parking lot and the Lincoln Gap parking lot.

NOTE: This hike requires a car spot. (Hiking in from one parking lot, and ending in another, requiring a car at each parking lot.)

You can begin at either parking lot, but this site will give directions starting from the Dwire Road parking lot. Hike up the Jerusalem Trail for 2.4 miles until you come to a junction with the Long Trail. Turn right onto the Long Trail. Hike for 1.8 miles and you will reach the summit of Mount Ellen. From here you can choose to hike back down the way you came, or continue hiking to peak bag Ellen with Mount Abraham.

Continue straight along the Long Trail for roughly 0.5 miles where you will reach the summit of Cutts Peak at 4,022 feet. Hike another 1.1 miles and you reach the summit of Nancy Hanks Peak at 3,812 feet. From here hike another 1.3 miles where you will find yourself on the summit of Lincoln Peak. After enjoying the views, continue for 0.8 miles on the Long Trail and you will reach the summit of Mount Abraham. When you are ready to start heading down to the road, continue over Mount Abraham's summit on the Long Trail for another 2.6 miles where you will reach the Lincoln Gap Parking Lot. (You will come to a junction after 0.9 miles, but you will just continue straight through it to proceed on the Long Trail.)

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Mount Ellen View Photos Top

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Views right after the summit of Mount Ellen heading North on July 5, 2014.


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Arrow showing to continue on the Long Trail, follow the arrow. Many people make the mistake of heading down the ski slopes. July 5, 2014.


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Sign on Dwire Road at the start of the Jerusalem Trail on July 5, 2014.


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The viewless summit of Mount Ellen on July 5, 2014.

Mount Ellen Driving Directions Top

There are 2 parking lots for the hike mentioned above. You can begin at either parking lot, and end at the other.

To get to the Jerusalem Trail on Jim Dwire Road:
From I-89 North, take exit 9 towards US-2/Middlesex/Moretown/VT-100. Drive 0.2 miles and turn left onto Center Road. Drive 0.1 miles and turn left onto US-2 East. Drive 0.6 miles and turn right onto Vermont 100B South. Drive 7.9 miles and continue straight on VT-100 S/Main Street. Continue to follow VT-100 South for 5.4 miles and take a slight right onto VT-17 West. Drive 12.2 miles and turn left onto Jerusalem Road. Drive 0.7 miles and turn left onto Jim Dwire Road. The parking lot will be roughly a half mile on the right side of the road.

To get to the Lincoln Gap Road parking lot from the Jim Dwire Road parking lot:
From Jim Dwire Road, turn left onto Jerusalem Road. Drive 0.8 miles and continue on Downingville Road. Drive 3.6 miles and turn left onto Quaker Street. Drive 0.9 miles and take the third left onto E River Road. Drive 1.1 miles and continue onto Lincoln Gap Road. Drive roughly 3.5 miles to the Lincoln Gap parking lot which will be on the right side of the road.

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