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Warren, Vermont, United States

Ellen and Abraham

Grab both these 4,000' peaks on a long ridge above the Sugarbush Ski Resort with an optional ski descent.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 9.0 miles / 14.5 km
Duration: Half day
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Overview: This is a fun ridge climb in winter or spring if you bring along a pair of skis for the descent. Once you climb up the ski slopes you'll be following the Long Trail over the ridge to get both Abraham and Ellen. You'll reach the top of Lincoln Peak first on your ascent above the highest chairlift at Sugarbush. You'll then follow the ridge south to the bare summit of Abraham then back north a long ways across the ridge to the wooded summit of Ellen above Mad River Glen ski resort. Don't go down these trails as you'll end up at the base of the wrong resort. Instead, trace your steps back along the ridge to POI #6 where you intersect the Sugarbush trails. Pick a trail from here, snap into your skis and head on down for a fun descent.

Tips: Sugarbush Trailhead:
Follow Rte. 101 north past the town of Warren Vt, keeping an eye out for the many signs pointing towards Sugarbush. There is no fee to park in the parking lot.

If you do plan on skiing this route and the resort is open make sure to climb up the side of the trails away from descending skiers. Be respectful.

Points of Interest


Sugarbush Ski Resort Parking

Park here. It's best if you come just after the resort closes but when I did it while they were open nobody gave me any trouble for climbing the side of the trails. I got a lot of "way to earn your turns buddy!" on the way up. :)

Waffle Haus

Awesome Waffle House that is in operation during the ski season. Stop here if you want a warm yummy treat!

Top of Lincoln Peak

Not quite above 4,000' but you can definitely count it as another mountain climbed! Head south from the summit on the clear herdpath through the brush towards Abraham. Abraham has a bare summit. You won't miss it.

Summit of Mt. Abraham

At 4,006' you are at the summit of the southernmost mountain of this range. If it is nice out take a break and soak up the views as most of the rest of the hike you'll be under trees and Ellen is a wooded summit.

Mt. Ellen Summit

At 4,083' this is the highpoint of the range but unfortunately it is wooded. From here return the way you came until you reach the trails again.

Ski Descent?

When you get to this point hiking along the ridge feel free to drop your ski equipment if you have it as you'll be returning to this point for your descent down the trails of Sugarbush.
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