It was a mostly sunny day, with temperatures in the 60s, but the trail was wet and slippery because of the constant July rain and the downpour of the previous night. The intrepid hikers met at the Jerusalem Trailhead at 9 AM, and hiked to the LT, stopping at Orvis Lookout near the intersection. Then on to the summit of Mount Ellen, and lunch at the top of the chair lift. There were a number of other hikers on the trail, mostly students and teachers from Vergennes HS out for a five-day hike. We saw a toad, a snake, a salamander, moose tracks, and heard many birds. We returned to the Jerusalem TH using the same route, getting back to the trailhead about 4 PM. The total hike was 8.4 miles, with about 2500’ of elevation gain.

Participants – Don Dickson, Bob Lang