Ascent of Mount Abraham on 2014-05-31

Climber: Michael Berger

Others in Party:Richard Bedard -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Randy Bullis
Brian Platt
Date:Saturday, May 31, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Abraham
    Elevation:4006 ft / 1221 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked Mts. Abraham and Ellen in a traverse from Lincoln Gap and exited out via a service road at Sugarbush North ski area. The weather wasn't ideal for views - lots of cloud cover all day - but the overcast rose a little above the mountains later in the day to given some noce vistas from the openings we found in the tree cover during the hike - mostly at the tops of the Sugarbush slopes. We started out in cool temps but the gentle climb warmed us up nicely. The trail was wet from past rains and we walked on wet trails almost the whole trip. We hit Abraham pretty quicly and uneventfully. We were in the clouds so no views. We continued on to visit the nearby plane crash site followed by a couple of guys we met at the summit who were interested in seeing it too. We explored the plane site for a little while then moved on. We hit several minor peaks as we headed toward Ellen coming out at the top of various parts of Sugarbush skie area. It was at these spots that we got most of our views with the overcast having lifted high enough to see some pretty good views. It was kind of cool exploring some of the ski area installations. We finally reached Ellen which is a very anti-climactic since there isn't much there to mark it except for a small chain of mini prayer flags around the trunk of a tree. We then took a walk down the ski slopes of Sugarbush North via the service "road". It's amazing how long a top-to-bottom run is and how long it takes when you don't have skis on your feet. One last thrill was as we approached the lodge where our car-spot was parked, two black bears ran across the trail about 100' downhill of us. The second one looked fairly young and as he bounded onto the trail, he dropped into a little gulley and took a face-plant right onto the trail. You don't think of graceful wild animals doing stupid things like face-plants and I burst out laughing. The bear got up and stared at me - I shut up immediately thinking it was probably a bad idea to attract attention to myself. However, I wasn't too worried as I was confident I could at least outrun Dick! But the bear continued across the trail following it's ?mother? We continued on to the car and a well-deserved post hike pool, BBQ, beverages. All in all, a good hike.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Long Trail
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Abraham-Ellen

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Abraham2014-05-31
2Little Abe2014-05-31
3Lincoln Peak2014-05-31
7Mount Ellen2014-05-31
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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Michael Berger
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