The Monroe Skyline Trail travels between two popular Long Trail parking areas, one along Lincoln Road (normally closed in winter) and SR 17 at Appalachian Gap.
This entire route is 30 miles long with the segment between Lincoln Road and SR 17 being a little less than 12 miles. Many people plan to hike this trip as a one night backpack excursion. The hiker encounters 6 summits along the crested ridge.
Many folks begin at the southern location and hike north. Glacial ice and fast moving streams cut the beginning of this trail known as Lincoln Gap. Rock cliffs tower at 2,424 feet. The first ascent is to the Battell Shelter near Mt. Abraham 4,006 feet, which offers the first of many spectacular panoramic views and wonderful specimens of alpine vegetation. The next peak is Lincoln Peak 3,975 feet and onto Nancy Hanks Peak 3,812 feet. There is about a 1.5 mile stretch to Cutts Peak elevation 4,020. Mt. Ellen is just north about .5 mile standing at 4,083 feet. The last peak, which is actually the second mountain along this crest, is General Stark which towers at 3,662 feet. Before reaching this summit, Glen Ellen Shelter is located off a spur trail to the east. Resting on the side of the ridge, the early morning riser is treated to a fabulous sunrise. After negotiating General Stark the trail moves toward Theron Dean Shelter which is located off another short spur. This is an interesting area featuring a small cave. Under less than 2 miles, the trail drops significantly to reach its terminus at Appalachian Gap.
Note: Both ends of this trail offer overnight shelters. Battell Shelter to the south and Theron Dean Shelter at the north end. Also, Glen Ellen Lodge just north of the junction with Jerusalem Trail.
Directions: From Lincoln, VT, Travel east on Lincoln Road for about 4 miles to Lincoln Gap.
Elevation: 4,083 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
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