One of the last remaining hidden gems among Killington hiking trails rests near the village of Chittenden. I followed this trail south until Cooper Lodge shelter where I took the spur trail to the summit of Killington Peak. Start on the blue-blazed Bucklin Trail and follow it for 3.3 miles all the way to the junction with the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Check out the top of the lift and the summit buildings before looking east along the tree line for a herd path that will lead down to the Cooper Lodge and an access road leading towards Killington. He had planned to ride the gondola to the top with my nephew to surprise me, but my nephew had gotten car-sick on the way and they had to turn around. As a result of Act 250 compromises, however, the approved plan now calls for just two lifts and 35 acres of trails. I explored my second antennae-littered summit of the day among a surprising number of other people and then headed across what was signed as a ski trail to hopefully discover a better view. After a three and a half hour drive across three states I arrived at Sherburne Pass in Killington, Vermont, at 7:15 am. Guided Hike Options with Appalachian Trail Adventures. The AT (Section 166) is located 3.3 miles from Killington, Vermont (VT) on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. My wife and dog and I did this trail in the morning so bugs were not a real issue. steady climb. I couldn’t speak toward the prices in the cafeteria as I hadn’t checked, but hopefully he went up to get a warm meal and improve his spirits. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. good view at the top. The first trail in the new network was cut in the late 1990s, departing from the Summit Glades trail at Pico and passing near the Ram's Head complex, prior to heading down toward the Killington access road. I explored the area a little and learned why my brother (who lives in Vermont) was keeping tabs on my hike. I paused before departing when I noticed rock climbers across the road climbing the face of Deer Leap Rock. Sherburne Pass Trailhead off Route 4 is just past the Pico ski area heading east from Rutland, VT. 4 but it got moved slightly to the west to accommodate a Pico Ski Area expansion that still hasn't happened. Trail is very well-marked at the moment, and barring any rain makes for a lovely hike. Reblogged this on The East Coast Life…With Style. Top of the mountain is just the ski lift, but views on a clear day were still awesome. 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I clearly had not done my homework on this hike. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This trail was moderately steep, climbed some rocks and crossed access roads/ski trails. And even if Pico is overshadowed by its big neighbor in other senses, Killington’s proximity is a plus in others. But, either the cold breeze or my rust sketchy skills prevented me from putting too much effort into the matter. If You Only Have a Weekend to Hike in Killington… Soon after Pico Camp was the trail intersection with the Appalachian and Long Trails. Most I’ve ever seen. Looking toward Killington Peak from Pico Peak. Wheerlerville is a dirt road that will be muddy in the spring and summer. I returned to Sherburne Pass Trail and continued south on it until the junction with the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail. I love summer, however it usually doesn’t leave me a lot of spare time. From the north side of Pico Camp, the trail climbs steeply to a pipeline clearing, then continues uphill to the open summit of Pico Peak. For this hike I parked at the lot across the street from the Inn at Long Trail on Route 4 in Killington, Vermont. This 6-mile hike is moderately difficult and takes you to the ski patrol lodge and summit lift at the top of Pico … Tonight I wish to stay on top of Killington Peak, which is the second-highest point in all of Vermont. The trail splits at Pico Shelter, and you can choose to hike Pico Link Trail for a half-mile or continue on Sherburne Pass Trail. MaineWanderlust The trail pod/system directly adjacent to Ram's Head will be fed from the K side, and the pod that is on the Pico side will be fed off that system. I pulled into the parking lot across from the Inn at Long Trail and found the weather to be conducive to a long hike: 50 degrees, mostly clear with a little fog. Temperature: 50°s Waterproof shoes required. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. —Edward Abbey, Video of Pico/Killington hike Still free to park here. There were a slew of hikers with dogs. ( Log Out /  The only other excitement was a bunch of shirtless hippy runners with a boombox. Trail Conditions: dry, wet rocks and roots My time is longer because I was helping to guide a couple to the top. At one point I passed a family of hikers, the little boy leading the way liked my orange plastic man (emergency whistle) hanging from my daypack. My first stop on this 12+ mile day would be Pico Peak, a New England Hundred Highest, followed by my real destination, Killington Peak. Though this wasn’t the most exciting hike I’ve taken, it was satisfying to complete another Hundred Highest and my final Vermont 4000 Footer. Ski in Ski out 1 bedroom Condo located at the base of Pico Mountain Ski Area Hike in Hike Out Bike In Bike Out !!! Popular mentions. took us about five hours total, though we took a slightly different descent. Once my sketch was complete I hopped down from my perch and headed down the mountain. Killington Basin Ski Area opened in 1958, lift tickets were sold from a chicken coop, The Killington Peak Lodge opened in 1967 to support a new gondola to the summit, which was the highest capacity and longest ski lift in the world. The first two miles of the route are very easy with gradual incline, but the upper section before the summit becomes steep and difficult. Sherburne Pass Trail to Pico Peak is a 9.7 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Killington, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. This hike was twelve and a half miles long, included 3500 feet of elevation gain and took me six and a quarter hours to complete. I begin with a one-mile hike back north up to Deer Leap – … It's a bit longer but no harder, and there is a beautiful section surrounded by ferns and young birch trees. Parking Lot: On a tree next to the spur trail to the Pico Peak summit was a sign warning of the high porcupine population in the area and the danger they posed for dogs. I hiked up the Sherburne Pass Trail to Pico Camp where I took the spur trail to the summit of Pico Peak. Pico Peak is on the New England Hundred Highest list and is one of the shorter trips at 2.9 miles one-way with just over 2,000' gain. The easier way to Pico is the Sherburne Trail from the Old AT and the Trailhead across from the Inn at Long Trail. This trail used to be part of the Appalachian Trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. We then continued south towards Killington..2 miles before the summit of Killington, we arrived at the Cooper shelter. Wind: NW 30mph, Highest Elevation: 4235′ ( Log Out /  Filter. descent was slow and winding, easier on our tired knees. hiked with a few friends and three dogs. For this hike I parked at the lot across the street from the Inn at Long Trail on Route 4 in Killington, Vermont. 2,085 ft elevation gain For a longer trip to the top of Vermont’s 2 nd highest peak, continue on the Sherburne Pass Trail past Pico Camp to its intersection with the Long Trail at Jungle Junction. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Pico is a mellow but versatile mountain, with 7 lifts servicing 57 trails and a 1,967-foot vertical drop. not much traffic on a rainy Saturday morning. The hike out along the Appalachian/Long Trail was as uneventful as before. I was on a tight schedule. Lesson learned: Don't lock yourself in the cabin! Well, Pico fans, the holiday week has come to a close. The trail extends along a thin ice covered brook. For now, however, it remains Killington's separate, "friendly little sister." Decent views up top, next time I’d take the hour and go over the top of Killington. The trail is always great! MaineWanderlust. I stopped on the trail and watched them rumble by. Very easy, nothing super exciting. A pipeline was buried and the trail graded and seeded. The trail started off easily going through typical verdant Vermont forest. Spectacular views. 190 Reviews 6 Q&A. Sherburne Trail to Pico Peak is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Killington, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail re-entered the forest after a few hundred feet, but it looked like people had continued up the ski trail to the summit of Pico Peak. Completed in just over 2.5 hours total. It was surprising and disappointing to run into so much civilization while out in the woods. Leffert’s Pond Trail is an easy, 1.6-mile, out-and-back hike that’s quiet, scenic, and exceptionally colorful during autumn’s peak. Fortunately we went early as hit a lot of people traffic right at end on way back. To my surprise I discovered an active gondola and the likely source of all the people milling about. Despite the relatively early start (for normal humans, not myself) there were already seven cars in the lot. He was quite talkative and was thinking about quitting the trail. The space Our condo is a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom right at the base of Pico Ski Resort in beautiful Killington Vermont! Walk around at the top for all of the views! Very nice, almost entirely shaded hike with great views at the summit and about 1 mile prior to summiting. I went up the steps of the summit cabin to continue to the peak and was assailed by a foul smell. That sign was a welcome sight at the end of a hard day. Despite the previous rain the trail was fairly dry. Weather: mostly sunny Once I got out of earshot of the ATV trails I peacefully resumed my hike. We hiked the AT/LT up and the Sherburne Pass Trail down, and I would highly recommend the AT/LT over this trail. However, their entrances are 0.9 miles apart on Route 4, and it is a bit unpleasant to walk alongside 50 mph traffic (despite the separating guard rail). Shortly thereafter I came upon a wooden structure beside the trail. As for the air, that quite possibly will be laid out in a similar fashion - but they could decide to connect both mountain's air plants as well. Beautiful trail up to Pico Peak, only short steep section, great views at top! Killington is a shorter hike from wheelerville. I returned using the same trails but bypassed the Pico Peak spur trail. Although it is not an official member of the Northeast 111ers official peak list it's still a pretty big mountain! I stepped into the shade of deciduous trees and headed south on the Sherburne Pass Trail. Sleeps 8, no fee.Pico Camp: Located 2 miles north of Cooper LodgeShelter located 0.5 miles of the A.T. on the old Long Trail, now called the Sherburne Pass Trail. I headed back down once I completed my lunch at 11:00 am. A frazzled-looking guy peeled away from the others and began questioning me about the summit and the lodge above. Summary | Trip Report | Video | History | Stats. For example, Pico and Killington happen to share a ridge. The trail climbed steeply between long grasses and wildflowers and afforded a nice view downhill. Foliage view was quite beautiful. Took it very slow, so don’t use my time, but very pretty forested trail with a gentle incline most of the way. The trail was pretty muddy, steep, it was raining and we started too late. Download the free Killington Peak topo map. Last half mile or so gets steep but definitely manageable. The Killington hiking trail map provides visitors to Killington Ski Resort a detailed view of Killington Mountain and all of the available mountain trails. Killington Spur climbs 0.2 miles up Killington Peak from the Long Trail. The summit is a relatively short hike away, so this day is punctuated by a lot of side trail exploration. Distance: 12.5 miles Hiking the Long Trail to Pico Peak The folks at EMS recommended a handful of short hikes close to our house in Chittenden, and we settled on an approximately 8 mile loop with 2,200 feet in elevation gain covering part of the Long Trail, the oldest long distance hiking trail in America. ( Log Out /  The parking lot and trail head are across the street from the Inn at Long Trail, 709 Route 4, Killington. awesome! Looking back while heading up a Pico ski trail. Leffert’s Pond Trail. This used to be the Long Trail and AT crossing over Rt. we hiked up after first snow dump of the season whick made it very pretty the whole way up. The Sherburne Pass Trail is a gentle climb (except for the 0.4-mile connector to the peak) and the peak offers great views (except to the west, which is blocked by a chairlift). This one didn't look so nice to me. On my way past Cooper Lodge there were a few through-hikers considering stopping for the day. The trail head (Bucklin Trail) is found a couple of miles up Wheelerville Road on the left. Looking around the porch I found a slew of porcupine quills and poop slung about. In fact, sometimes heading out to the trails alongside the experts is an even better way to take in all there is to see and learn routes, strategies, and techniques that might otherwise be missed. Killington Mountain Resort: Offering 15 miles of designated trails, hikers of all skill levels can enjoy a … Write a review. That is impressive. The porcupines were definitely nesting (if that’s what porcupines do) around the building. Compare elevation, range, calories and other trail … Creepy and beautiful at the same time. Trail was muddy in parts, but not a hindrance. Hiking is big in other islands of Azores but going all the way up this dormant volcano beast is the ultimate azorean challenge. ( Log Out /  nice! easy to follow. Killington from Pico Peak Rev and I had a little food and water on Pico before taking the spur back to the Long Trail. We hope you were able to get out and enjoy the mountain as we ended out another year and welcomed a new one. Killington was my final New England 4000 Footer in Vermont, and my next to last in all of New England. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. The stone shelter and the tent platforms above it were empty so I just continued toward the summit. Finally cold enough for the snow to stay on the ground. It's just in the woods off the carriage road you will be ascending. Pico Camp with Killington ski trails in the distance. From there, I climbed 1,000 ft to Ben’s Balcony, a viewpoint overlooking the Killington Mountain and Pico Peak ski areas before descending steeply 0.5 miles on the Sherburne Pass Trail which ends in the parking lot of the Inn at Long Trail, where my car was parked. Standing high from its 2351 meters of altitude, Montanha do Pico (Mount Pico) in Pico island is the highest peak in Portugal and the third highest in the Atlantic Ocean.. Note your route carefully after entering the summit ski trails, the blazes may be hard to see upon return. Hiked with Rich today. I waited for two trail runners to pass at a water crossing and then the trail headed up hill at a more moderate slope. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Pico Peak and the surrounding forests were a present to Mortimer Proctor, a Governor of Vermont, in 1910, which he sold to Pico Ski Inc. in 1948. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Post by tirolerpeter » Nov 25th, '04, 00:25 I spent Monday at K, mostly skiing RIME since the guns were killing us everywhere else. This is a picture-perfect spot for picnics, so pack one. I opted to stay on the trail. They looked to be part of an ATV tour; one of those not-really-outdoorsy activities that “Outdoorsmen” take part in. I passed a whole bunch of through-hikers on the easy climb toward Killington Peak. Pico to Killington Trail? Willard Gap and Deer Leap Mountain via Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail: Kent Pond to Green Gate Road, Long Trail: South Park Rd to Brandon Mountain Rd, Deer Leap Overlook and Willard Gap to Appalachian Trail Loop, Deer Leap Rock via Appalachian Trail and Deer Leap Trail, Pico Peak and Killington Peak via Sherburne Pass Trail. The ski trail on the way down provided a nice view toward Killington Peak, my next stop. July 7, 2012 Greg Rems 2334 Views Appalachian Trail, hiking, Killington, Long Trail, Pico The view from Killington looking towards the summit of Pico. Very gradual incline until the last 0.4 miles or so from the Pico Camp Shelter to the summit, which is quite steep. How one can enjoy nature while zipping around on a roaring exhaust machine is beyond me. I got back to my car at 1:30 pm and the lot was overflowing. It was the Pico Camp shelter that probably saw more action when the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail crossed its front lawn, but it still looked well kept. It was very misty walking through the woods. Goes up to the pico Chairlift. Easy walk most of the places. Walk to the slopes of Pico or jump on the free shuttle out front to get to Killington Ski Resort. The trailhead begins at the Sherburne Pass parking lot, which is only a 10-minute drive from Killington. Gorgeous trail! This trail was a really satisfying challenge. Didn’t make it to the peak. I returned to Sherburne Pass Trail and continued south on it until the junction with the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail. The drive is long enough that you will think you did something wrong, but you haven't! The perch from the lookout makes you feel as if you’re on top of the world. Consistently uphill for most of it. What that means for the more ambitious hiker is that Pico offers the chance to mix and match trails to extend the hike to your liking. Sherburne Pass Trail is a lightly tracked trail outside of Killington that takes you to the top of Pico Peak. The Appalachian Trail and Long Trail once traversed across Pico Peak, within 0.5 miles of the summit, but were rerouted to the west of the mountain in 1999. Cooper Lodge was built in 1939 and is the highest shelter on the Long Trail, only 0.3 miles from the summit of Killington Peak. English. I found the trail to be wet, rocky, root-y and otherwise uneventful, quintessential Long Trail hiking from my limited experience. Climbing Mount Pico in a nutshell. But I may be biased. Elevation Gain: 3500′ Our pup enjoyed herself as well. Traveler rating ... English (190) Selected filters. Music from Free Music Archive: “Audio Assassin” by Audiobinger, Date Hiked: 24 July 2016 Sleeps 8 no fee.Mountain Conditions "Click for Killington, Vermont Forecast" Killington.com offers … Reviews. Actual Time: 6:15, Follow me: It is free to park here. While you can. Take notice a mile up to avoid slippery rocks and bring a snack to enjoy at the summit. Mountains in every direction, as far as the eye can see. MaineWanderlust Very scenic I bet with the views this hike provided. We're back to our regular Thursday through Monday schedule with our usual hiatus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so lifts will spin from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. today. At 10:30 am I finally broke above the treeline to find myself enshrouded in clouds and and whipped by winds from the northwest. When I got to the summit area I found a ski lift standing watch in the breeze. However, there is a well marked new PUD to go up and over from Irene on the Bucklin trail. See all. Probably a fairly normal site in the Vermont woods (said with affection). Where I live now is surrounded by ATV and snowmobile trails. A solo woman passed me heading down and after some switchbacks the trail broke from the trees onto a ski trail. Killington - Pico Adventure Center (50) 3.9 mi. Jonathan Isham and Jeff Polubinski of Middlebury College in The Vermont Law Review (2002) wrote: According to the initial construction plans, ASC intended to add four lifts and 110 acres of trails to the space between Killington and Pico. Sherburne Pass Trail to Pico Peak is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Killington, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. KILLINGTON PEAK VIA SHERBURNE PASS TRAIL – DIFFICULT » 11.6 mi round trip, approx. There were also some tents pitched in a designated area for through-hikers. That’s just after I was there thru-hiking the LT. It’s so gorgeous up there. While it’s still here. The trail I was about to head up was part of the Appalachian and Long Trails until they were rerouted in 1999, but Inn at Long trail was still a popular (if relatively expensive) stop for through-hikers. A strange grinding sound permeated through the trees, so I trudged across the rocky trail hesitantly. It is just beyond the Brad Mead road on the left side of the road. Turned around about 1.5 miles from the peak. I got to the radio-tower-littered summit at 8:45 am and sat down on a concrete footing for a snack break. I hiked up the Sherburne Pass Trail to Pico Camp where I took the spur trail to the summit of Pico Peak. Remember, you will need an uphill travel pass and, if you plan to use the routes during hours when we are scanning parking passes, you will also need a parking reservation. 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