Bucklin Trail to Killington Peak

MODERATE 94 reviews

Bucklin Trail to Killington Peak is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rutland, 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.

16 hours ago

Starts out easy and then gets much more difficult. Beautiful view from the top!

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1 day 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 days ago

Echoing previous reviewers; easy hike to start then the climb becomes moderate/hard during the last sections. We found heavy clouds during our ascent leading to poor views but that’s legit the course at this elevation! Easy to follow & well marked trail. Parking gets full but plenty of on road options. Plan on a 5 hour round trip in good weather. FYI gondola and lodge is open and also in area of summit leading to increase in foot traffic. One water spicket available near summit.

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21 days ago

Great hike --- well marked moderate trail. I took trail upward from cabin (on left) so avoided inadvertently any scrambling; instead just walked up gondola steps to top. My dog hated the metal steps though -- caught a toe nail in them. Too bad gondola was running.

25 days ago

Great hike,moderate most of the hike but strenuous towards the last .25 miles. A good 5 hour round trip. Finally when you crawl to the top you are not the only ones there, the Gondola riders are there looking down at you. Will do it again

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28 days ago

It's a nice trail, but what's left unsaid is that after the Cooper cabin marker, there's another 1.4 mile hike up to the top of the mountain. That makes it 4.8 miles up not the 3.4 advertised. The last mile and a half is strenuous even though it's a moderate trail.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

This was a great hike. Long incline with some fun rocks to climb right at the end resulting in a perfect view with a bar at the top. Good time. This was the first peak for the North End Mountain Club.

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1 month ago

Extremely well kept and maintained trail overall. Deceptive at the beginning and can get quite strenuous the last half. Absolutely beautiful views from the top, though was quite crowded when we arrived.
I would give yourself some time for the hike. Atleast 3-4 hrs total for intermediate level hikers.

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1 month ago

Amazing views at the top of Vermonts second tallest mountain. Again I don't know who rates these things but I would have rated this hard. The first two miles are a pleasant stroll through the woods as the trail loosely follows the brook. The rest of the way is brutally uphill particularly the last 0.2 mile stretch which almost resembles rock climbing from Cooper Cabin (which is sadly in poor shape due to skiers vandalizing it in the winter according to one journal entry). The biggest downside is lots of people at the top mostly from coming up the gondola.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

We took this with our 7 year old and started in an off grid cabin on Wheelerville Road. It is as everyone says, nice, long warm up and then just at the opening by the waterfall, about 2 miles in, it turns up, and once it turns up it continues steeply until the summit. Once you reach Cooper Lodge you are almost there, just the scramble left, which our kid went at with great energy after being a little tired on the way up. Tons of people at the top, mostly Gondola people, so don't expect tranquility, but it's an amazing vista none-the-less. On the way down stop at the opening again and take a dip just up stream in a nice deep pool.