We wanted to venture into the locals and what better way to make a stop on our trip to the Green Mountains of Vermont (USA). And why not make a piece of the legendary Long Trail. Built by Green Mountain Trail Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930, the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. The Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border as it crosses Vermont’s highest peaks It was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail, which coincides with the Long Trail for 100 miles (161 km).
And with that said, we slept at Warren Loodge and drove up to the Lincoln Gap. A difficult step to reach by car in winter due to the steep climbs of the road. Once up, we park in the only parking lot that is quickly filled by the fans in the mountain in Vermont. And we started to climb north of the Long Trail towards Mount Abraham.
The rise is constant about 10%. It goes from deciduous trees that are now at the peak of autumn splendor, conifer trees and when you reach the top and only scrub vegetation.
The road is beautiful without any loss. At some point you have to use your hands to continue, but no more important. The people you meet on the way are very friendly and you can quickly start a conversation with them.
Our final destination was not the Mount Abraham but the Lincoln Peak, which is 1 km away from the plane of M. Abraham, but as we were caught by the fog and the visibility was zero, they preferred to leave it at this 1224 m (4,016 ft) peak.
Very recommendable route if you cannot do everything Long trail!
Max elevation: 1230 m
Total climbing: 747 m