Section 18: Lincoln Gap to Route 17
Note: The Catamount Trail access at its southern-most intersection with West Hill Road in Warren is in very close proximity to a home. Please do not park in, pass through, or otherwise linger in or near the driveway to access the trail. Please also be sure your dog is leashed. Thank you for respecting the landowners who so generously host the trail. See the written trail description below for parking recommendations in this area (Access #2).
This section includes a fun and challenging traverse and descent from Lincoln Gap, an open traverse of the rolling Sugarbush Golf Course with beautiful views, and a meander through the woods of the Mad River Valley.
Reaching the beginning of this section at the top of Lincoln Gap requires a sustained climb on the Lincoln Gap Rd. from the end of plowing either in Lincoln or Warren. The initial descent on the Trail from Lincoln Gap is very steep and can be challenging, even with deep snow. Between this initial descent and West Hill Rd. the route is rolling with a few un-bridged stream crossings, presenting intermediate difficulty. If breaking trail, this section can take considerable time. Backcountry equipment with skins is highly recommended. Crossing the Sugarbush Golf Course is easy skiing unless a crust has developed or there is deep unbroken snow. The golf course can be windy. From the Golf Course to Rte. 17 is intermediate, involving some snowplowing and herringboning.
Catamount Trail Section 18 – Map & Elevation Profile (.pdf ~721k)
Catamount Trail Section 18 – Written Description (.pdf ~20k)
Shuttle Directions Section 18
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Local Business Sponsors:
The Bridges Vermont Resort & Tennis Club, 202 Bridges Circle, Warren, VT 05674
1-800-453-2922, www.bridgesresort.com, email@example.com
Mad River Barn, Route 17, 2849 Mill Brook Road, Waitsfield, VT 05673
1-802-496-3310, madriverbarn.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
West Hill House B&B, 1496 West Hill Road, Warren, VT 05674
1-800-209-1049, 802-496-7162, www.westhillbb.com, email@example.com
Sugarbush Inn, 1840 Sugarbush Access Road, Warren, VT 05674
1-800-53-sugar, 802-583-6300, www.sugarbush.com