Bucklin Trail to Killington Peak

MODERATE 24 reviews

Bucklin Trail to Killington Peak is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Shrewsbury, VT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

7.2 miles 2507 feet Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

washed out

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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Well marked. Nice trail. Will definantly hike this again.

hiking
3 months ago

Really pretty, hard hike, with rewarding views at the top. We went on a beautiful, sunny weekend day and the trail was well used. We started late, so lots of hikers coming down, and plenty of people at the top who took the gondola. We had the place to ourselves on the way down, though.

3 months ago

Great hike, good workout, beautiful forest, fun scramble, great views at the end. Knocking it down 1 star due to having to share the summit with people who rode the gondola, it's pretty crowded up there with all of them, takes a bit of the shine off doing it the hard way.

hiking
4 months ago

100% worth the view. it has a good 1 mile + of straight uphill and parts that are flat. it's definitely a doozy.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, first 2 miles pretty flat. Then it gets steeper and continues up, only the last 3/10 of a mile were rocky. Over all good hike, views were beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. The first 2 miles are a welcome warm-up/cool down. I was happy using trekking poles and didn't find the terrain too steep. The whole hike took me 4.25 hours including a short-ish break up top. The trailhead has a decent size parking lot, easy to spot. Will definitely do this one again, and maybe camp up at the shelter (water + 3 tent pads up there).

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorites, Part easy, part tough, awesome views. Check out our full write up which includes directions and other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/killingtonmountain

hiking
5 months ago

Trail starts out flat and is 2 mile easy walk in the woods which was great on a beautiful day. Then the upward climb begins and the last 0.2 miles is very rocky but fun. The summit was breathtaking. Overall great hike and I brought my daughter with me who is an inexperienced hiker and she did great. Total hike was 8.2 miles from the beginning. Took us 4.5 hours round trip.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was different from the two other 4000 footers that I did. This trail was more like a park setting until you reach the trail for the spur. The first two miles in were very easy, and the last 1.7 miles to the summit is where all you ascent started. The last .2 miles to the summit is a nice rock scramble. The summit was nice but the restaurant wasn't open yet when I got there. I would say that this trail is the best one that I've done in the state of Vermont.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views at the top. Always rough to see the power lines and other man made items at the peak. I've been spoiled by the ADK high peaks.

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing day ! Icy in parts but we just had hiking boots and no poles and we were fine ! Went up in 2.5 hours and down in 1.5 hours. Once you get to the top where the chairlift is, take the stairs up to Killington peak and get warm/hang out in the lodge for a bit before heading down. We did some trail running as well at the end which was great. Highly recommend!! Challenging yet highly rewarding and great views at the top!

hiking
9 months ago

Love this trail. Definitely gives you a good workout and a longer hike that is more time consuming for sure but the view at the top and he workout that comes along with it makes it so worth it!!

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail, good workout the last mile up! Great views at the top

hiking
1 year ago

Was visiting friends over the weekend and wanted to get a hike in. 3:45 to complete. Trail was easy to follow until the blue blazes were replaced by double white blazes. Must be the Appalachian or Long trail markers. The last stretch before reaching the top was a rock climb. Harder coming down than going up. Lots of folks hanging out at the top. I didn't waste much time as i had to get back down for a dinner engagement. All in all a nice little hike for a decent workout.

1 year ago

The trail head is clearly marked with a parking lot and trail sign. The trail is very clearly marked and in excellent condition. The first two miles are fairly flat and easy, the third mile is steep. The last stretch is climbing over and up rocks. The view at the top is exceptional and worth all the effort.
If you leave the parking lot and turn left (about 100 feet) directly before the sharp turn in the road is an awesome waterfall that is fun to play in!

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful views!

1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

2 years ago

Super Rad hike! Strenuous, spectacular views, great nature and well worth the adventure!!! I loved this trail. Finished it with the great hospitality at the Long Trail Brewery!!