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Killington Peak
Rutland, VT, Killington, VT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Bucklin Trail
Looking up the Bucklin Trail

Route: Bucklin Trail, Long Trail, Killington Spur, (Killington Peak), spur trail, (Killington ski area summit), spur trail, (Killington Peak), Killington Peak, Long Trail, Bucklin Trail

While the forecast had originally been for a clear day, clouds and snow flurries still lingered.

The Bucklin Trail had not been used recently, resulting in some trailfinding in the glades, where the trail takes a few turns (without blazes on both sides of trees). That, coupled with ski trails and old blazes in different corridors made for some tricky going. I eventually opted to just go for open woods and soon worked my way to the Cooper Lodge. From there, I headed up the heavily filled in Killington Spur (sign and blazes just barely visible above the snow).

Reaching the summit, there were limited, but decent views of peaks in the immediate area, such as Pico and Mendon. Being that it was lunch time, I continued to the ski area summit lodge for some fried grease, then crossed back over Killington Peak (getting somewhat windy on the ledges at this point), and then back down the Bucklin Trail. While I had planned to do a shorter hike after, the cloudy skies were enough for me to call it a day.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Killington Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Hike Commenced: 9:56 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,786'
Destination: Killington Peak
Ascent Commenced: 9:56 AM
Summit Reached: 11:52 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:56
Trailhead Elevation: 1,786'
Summit Elevation: 4,235'
Vertical Gain: 2,479'
Hike Ended: 1:59 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:03
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,589'

The Bucklin Trail trailhead
The Bucklin Trail trailhead

Looking up the Killington Spur
Looking up the Killington Spur

Looking southeast from near the summit of Killington Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking southeast from near the summit of Killington Peak

Topographic map of Killington Peak - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: To get to the Bucklin Trail trailhead, take US 4 West from Pico Ski Area. A few minutes downhill, on a right curve, take a left onto Wheelerville Road. The Bucklin Trail parking area will be on the left after few miles on this road at a sharp right turn. The Bucklin Trail starts at the back of this parking lot. Wheelerville Road and the Bucklin Trail are both subject to spring closures.

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