Monday, July 25, 2011

#54 Killington Peak, VT July 10, 2012

#54 Killington Peak, VT (4,235') via Bucklin, Long, and Killington Spur Trails - July 10, 2011. 

Mileage:  7.2 miles RT

Elevation gain: 2,500'

Trailhead: Wheelerville Road off Route 4 in Mendon, Vermont (at Brewers Corner).  The road was closed due to a bridge out so we took the back way to the trailhead, continuing on Route 4 heading north, taking a left at the Best Western Inn and Suites Rutland-Killington (which is Town Line Rd), continuing on to Notch Road  - which will get you to Wheelerville Road and Brewers Corner.  (Note 2014 - bridge has been repaired and road is in good shape.)

Lesson learned:   Not all trails in New England are rocky, rooty and arduous!

On this weekend, a group of us stayed at the Black Bear Inn in Bolton Valley, VT, which is nowhere near the Bucklin trailhead so we decided to hike this peak on Sunday on the way back home to New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey (we had a very inter-state group of hikers!).  Most of us hiked Mt. Abraham and Mt. Ellen the day before.

In actuality, Mendon, VT is not on the way home but 30 minutes west from I-89 got us to the trailhead, not without some problems.  We got to where the car GPS and GoogleMaps said Wheelerville Road was and it simply was not there! Asked a neighbor and he indicated it was actually the next road down. Got to that road and yes it was Wheelerville Road but it was closed about 1.7 miles in, 2.2 miles from the trailhead.   Thanks to Dana, we got back on Route 4, turned left at the Best Western, found Notch Road which lead us to the other side of Wheelerville Road. 

The trail is wonderful with easy grades, a babbling brook and sweet tall grasses until the start of mile 3, where it became steep but at no time did I feel it was tough terrain.  

When we got to the Long Trail junction we headed up the Long Trail to the Killington Spur, a very steep scramble that provided excellent views.  As often is the case, we tried to take a photo of how steep it was and it just did not do it justice. 

The top of Killington Peak provided the most magnificent of views. It was quite crowded at the top, being an excellent day for hiking and sight-seeing and mountain biking (the Killington chairlift nearby was running, bringing guests and cyclist up to the peak). 

Not to be missed, this is definitely a hike I would do again.

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