Route Climbed: Long Trail from Lincoln Gap Date Climbed: June 8, 2005
When you get bit by a black fly, it injects an otherwise harmless neurotoxin that causes thoughts to come into a person's head, "Hike in June, hike in June." This assures the black flies of an annual food supply of hikers.
I chose to hike Mt. Ellen and Mt. Abraham in June because I had a trip that was taking me that way anyhow. I kept a fast, steady pace and managed to avoid getting bit up real bad. This hike is a very nice ridegewalk with many vistas looking at the Sugarbush and Mt. Ellen ski areas, and Mt. Abraham has an alpine area that is above treeline.
Route Climbed: Long Trail from Appalachian Gap Date Climbed: June 20, 2005
After the preceding week of rain, the trail was pretty sloppy. Bugs were a bit annoying on top (black flies). Quiet day on the trail. Great views from this peak, but a little hazy to see all that could otherwise be seen.