Fortunately we went early as hit a lot of people traffic right at end on way back. Music from Free Music Archive: “Audio Assassin” by Audiobinger, Date Hiked: 24 July 2016 The first two miles of the route are very easy with gradual incline, but the upper section before the summit becomes steep and difficult. I got back to my car at 1:30 pm and the lot was overflowing. Every time I thought I found a peaceful vista I was accompanied by radio towers, gondolas, lodges or ATVs. Walk around at the top for all of the views! Completed in just over 2.5 hours total. I took note to stay away from prickly looking lumps in the forest and headed on up. At 10:30 am I finally broke above the treeline to find myself enshrouded in clouds and and whipped by winds from the northwest. Probably a fairly normal site in the Vermont woods (said with affection). You'll follow this trail up through the woods past the start of the alpine slides to an access road to the top of Pico along the ski trails. Pico is a mellow but versatile mountain, with 7 lifts servicing 57 trails and a 1,967-foot vertical drop. The peak opens up to a 360-degree view of the surrounding green mountains. 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. I stepped into the shade of deciduous trees and headed south on the Sherburne Pass Trail. The trail climbed steeply between long grasses and wildflowers and afforded a nice view downhill. Easy walk most of the places. 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 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. Goes up to the pico Chairlift. I clearly had not done my homework on this hike. I returned to Sherburne Pass Trail and continued south on it until the junction with the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail. Last half mile or so gets steep but definitely manageable. Gondolas rising to Killington Peak from the lodge below. That sign was a welcome sight at the end of a hard day. 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. It was surprising and disappointing to run into so much civilization while out in the woods. KILLINGTON PEAK VIA SHERBURNE PASS TRAIL – DIFFICULT » 11.6 mi round trip, approx. Looking toward Killington Peak from Pico Peak. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Waterproof shoes required. 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. It's a bit longer but no harder, and there is a beautiful section surrounded by ferns and young birch trees. Despite the previous rain the trail was fairly dry. Tonight I wish to stay on top of Killington Peak, which is the second-highest point in all of Vermont. But I may be biased. Gorgeous trail! 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. 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. There are plans to connect Killington's seventh and final mountain, Pico, to the rest of the resort. The perch from the lookout makes you feel as if you’re on top of the world. Beautiful trail up to Pico Peak, only short steep section, great views at top! Popular mentions. The trailhead begins at the Sherburne Pass parking lot, which is only a 10-minute drive from Killington. Foliage view was quite beautiful. That’s just after I was there thru-hiking the LT. It’s so gorgeous up there. hiked with a few friends and three dogs. Mountains in every direction, as far as the eye can see. Top of the mountain is just the ski lift, but views on a clear day were still awesome. I went up the steps of the summit cabin to continue to the peak and was assailed by a foul smell. To my surprise I discovered an active gondola and the likely source of all the people milling about. I found the trail to be wet, rocky, root-y and otherwise uneventful, quintessential Long Trail hiking from my limited experience. Traveler rating ... English (190) Selected filters. That is impressive. For this hike I parked at the lot across the street from the Inn at Long Trail on Route 4 in Killington, Vermont. 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 was on a tight schedule. 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. Guided Hike Options with Appalachian Trail Adventures. After passing Pico Camp and heading down its slopes I was surprised by the coughing of nearby ATVs. A pipeline was buried and the trail graded and seeded. Finally cold enough for the snow to stay on the ground. MaineWanderlust After the trail began to climb more steeply I discovered Cooper Lodge and the spur trail to Killington Peak’s summit. On my way past Cooper Lodge there were a few through-hikers considering stopping for the day. The trail extends along a thin ice covered brook. 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. Didn’t make it to the peak. MaineWanderlust. I returned using the same trails but bypassed the Pico Peak spur trail. 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. Where I live now is surrounded by ATV and snowmobile trails. Took it very slow, so don’t use my time, but very pretty forested trail with a gentle incline most of the way. Amusement & Theme Parks. This trail was a really satisfying challenge. I got lucky during my break as the clouds broke a little and I was able to catch some of the surroundings. Despite the relatively early start (for normal humans, not myself) there were already seven cars in the lot. Consistently uphill for most of it. Very scenic I bet with the views this hike provided. Elevation Gain: 3500′ The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. The easier way to Pico is the Sherburne Trail from the Old AT and the Trailhead across from the Inn at Long Trail. The trail started off easily going through typical verdant Vermont forest. A solo woman passed me heading down and after some switchbacks the trail broke from the trees onto a ski trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. not much traffic on a rainy Saturday morning. This is a hike up to Killington Peak where there are far-reaching panoramic views to the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Adirondacks of New York, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Post by tirolerpeter » Nov 25th, '04, 00:25 I spent Monday at K, mostly skiing RIME since the guns were killing us everywhere else. The drive is long enough that you will think you did something wrong, but you haven't! My first stop on this 12+ mile day would be Pico Peak, a New England Hundred Highest, followed by my real destination, Killington Peak. good view at 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. Pico Link is quite steep but nice if the goal is to get to the views already. The trail was pretty muddy, steep, it was raining and we started too late. English. The ski trail on the way down provided a nice view toward Killington Peak, my next stop. I love summer, however it usually doesn’t leave me a lot of spare time. Creepy and beautiful at the same time. took us about five hours total, though we took a slightly different descent. I explored the area a little and learned why my brother (who lives in Vermont) was keeping tabs on my hike. 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. Not too hard of a hike either, great day hike material. 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. My wife and dog and I did this trail in the morning so bugs were not a real issue. Write a review. Beyond the gondola was a summit lodge with a cafeteria and bar. The porcupines were definitely nesting (if that’s what porcupines do) around the building. we hiked up after first snow dump of the season whick made it very pretty the whole way up. Reblogged this on The East Coast Life…With Style. 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. Wheerlerville is a dirt road that will be muddy in the spring and summer. Lesson learned: Don't lock yourself in the cabin! Wind: NW 30mph, Highest Elevation: 4235′ The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. MaineWanderlust This 6-mile hike is moderately difficult and takes you to the ski patrol lodge and summit lift at the top of Pico … Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I stopped on the trail and watched them rumble by. Our pup enjoyed herself as well. 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