Climbed this once while doing the Long Trail and once with my parents on a day hike.
Hiked with 6 children! Loads of fun. Hot day. Cooled off afterwards in the New Haven river.
Finally! After hiking in some awful stuff for a couple of days this was nice, even if we had to leave Vermont. Well, I'll be back.
did the battell trail last fall, would love to do the gap to gap hike soon
Hiked up sugarbush and over to mt. abe for the winter ascent, then went over to Mt. Ellen. Not much for views in the fog.
Wet, Windy and cold with limited views. Climbed Abraham in just under 2 hours then began the long hike out to Mt. Ellen and back. This part was tough. My the time we returned to Abraham it took us 2 hours in the rain the descend from Abe. Well worth the trip even in the rain. The ridge and cols between Abraham and Ellen make for a pretty aggressive hike at 12.6 miles round trip. This route includes Little Abe, Lincoln Peak, Nancy Hanks Peak, Cutts Peak and finally Mt. Ellen 3.7 miles from Abraham.
I did this one on a rather wet day, and only saw one other person the whole time at Battell shelter. Summit was windy, wet, and viewless. Celebrated by drinking a Long Trail Ale on the Long Trail. Rained the whole way back to the car.
Weather man promised sun but it never happened, surprised at the elevation before you broke tree line, it was maybe 30-50' from the top but sure enough alpine grass as promised and a nice (if not cloudy) view. Found the benchmark in the cirlcle of stone but this wasn't my final resting point, I still had 4 more miles to reach Mt. Ellen and return before sunset.
The view is spectacular on this mountain.