Bucklin Trail to Killington Peak

MODERATE 76 reviews

Bucklin Trail to Killington Peak is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Shrewsbury, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2522 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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.

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12 days ago

This was my favorite hike to date! Did this on a gorgeous summer day, with temps in the high sixties and full sun! Couldn't have asked for better conditions. As others have noted, the first part is a walk in the park (clocked at 2.5 miles on my handheld GPS). The second mile and half section is intense, with the last quarter mile requiring the use of your hands! It was an amazing ascent, with incredibly rewarding views at the top. I would label this one a must do for any avid hiker. It was also my first high peak!

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16 days ago

17 days ago

The last mile was brutal! Took 1 hr 40 min to reach the summit and it kicked my ass. Fun workout and awesome view. Also: Stumbled upon a moose about 10 yards to the right of the trail. Casually crossed right in front of us, almost posing for our pictures. Can't beat that!

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18 days ago

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18 days ago

trail it self didn't have a view it wasn't very interesting really just the same until you get right to the top then BAM straight up scrabble to the top. View at the top is very nice but has a ski lift that's quite loud and tourist who are just walking around and not really a hikers vibe. There is a nice ski lodge that is open on weekends that you can get food at by the ski lift (go straight once out on top of the mountain go though the woods follow that trail) it closes at 3 ish tho.

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23 days ago

Very well kept trail with lots to see. The first 2 1/2 miles are very easy going, with the last mile being more technically difficult. Gorgeous views from the top!

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1 month ago

This one goes through stages. The first 2 miles or so are easy...fairly flat. You'll eventually come to a small waterfall, then BAM, elevation shoots up. That last mile is pretty steep...makes for a fun climb. The last 0.2 mile of it is a straight up scramble to the peak, easily the best part of the whole trail.

Downside is that you learn there's a gondola that people can take to the peak, and that makes for a crowded and somewhat mixed reception...felt real touristy up there. The view is breathtaking though and definitely worth hiking on up to see it. Just try and go when there'll be less commotion and keep the man made structures to your back.

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1 month ago

Would have given it 5 stars except for the rain at the peak and the crowded restaurant at the top. First 2 miles are pretty simple but the last mile is quite steep. A few times we came to some forks in the trail and I guess we went the right way as we made it to the peak ! I do prefer a peak without access by a ski gondola .

1 month ago

First things first: This should be ranked hard, not moderate. A bit of context: I'm 58, and my favorite trails are ranked hard and moderate. This one is 3.6 miles from trailhead to one of the finest views I've ever seen, but along the well-marked way you're also climbing nearly a half mile of elevation, so be prepared for a *steep* journey. I made the trek July 3, 2017 -- strong storms moved through the previous day, so there were a number of very muddy patches. Met a very experienced hiker who said he was doing all the Adirondack peaks, and that this was the best he's seen. A fair number of dogs were on the trail, but it was not crowded at all. Took me 3 hours up and 2.5 back. There's a beautiful spot about 30 min in from the trailhead with a nice stream below and some high narrow falls above. All in all a tremendous day -- but again, be prepared for a lot of steep travel: seems like most of that half mile of elevation is packed into the two miles before the peak. Enjoy!

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1 month ago

Awesome views

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2 months ago

Absolutely great hike. Starts off very easy, and then finishes with a punch in the gut. The views are amazing all the way up including great stream crossings, a small waterfall, and then a few overlooks before the summit. Highly recommend.

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2 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

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2 months ago