Bucklin Trail to Killington Peak

MODERATE 63 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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9 days 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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15 days 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 .

19 days 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Nice and easy hike for the first few miles, then you get to the end and go 'holy sh**' . The last climb is tough but totally worth the view at the top

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2 months ago

Long hike that is worth the vista. More strenuous than I anticipated especially near the top. Don't attempt in foul weather.

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2 months ago

Hiked 4/30. Washed out and still pretty icy for the last half mile or so. Got to the top and it was too cloudy to see. Will definitely like to see this trail when it dries up a bit!