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Killington Peak via Bucklin Trail

HARD 336 reviews

Killington Peak via Bucklin Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rutland, Vermont that features a river and is rated as difficult. 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: 2,470 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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. The first two miles of the route are very easy with gradual incline, but the upper section before the summit becomes steep and difficult. The trailhead is accessible in the winter, but hikers should bring crampons, snowshoes or microspikes for traction on the upper half of the mountain.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

hiking
scramble
1 day ago

Great views at the top! Steady incline after the first mile - prepare yourself for a bit of a cardio workout! The last half a mile is steep incline and rocky. I wouldn’t say this trail is hard, but expect an incline that will make you work for the view at the top. Also, the top gets icy, and the trail is very narrow so use caution if it’s busy because only one person can go up/down at a time. We brought our jack russell terrier along - he had no issues at all with the trail.

hiking
6 days ago

The first 1 1/2mi is easy, the next 1 1/2 gets a little rocky but is still maybe the easy side of moderate. The last .1-.2 was difficult, rocky. We went 10/15, just past peak color on a Tues, though the first half of the hike was still beautiful and yellow, and the lot was almost full. We saw probably 10 groups on the way.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Nice view but be prepared for a climb halfway through. Can be difficult for little kids.

hiking
12 days ago

nice easy trail to the summit. a bit wet in spots from the previous days rain. just enough rocks to not have to step on any muddy spots last mile was steeper and rocky with good foot purchase. never really steep enough to use all fours. round trip moving time was 3 hours 31 minutes with an extra mile for hiking down to the ski trails. beautiful views at summit.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

listed on Alltrails as hard but I would rate as easy side of moderate. the only hard section is the last .1 to the summit. otherwise flat then a steady incline with good footing. great hike.

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rocky
scramble
14 days ago

This was a really great hike to a very beautiful view at the top. The summit is strenuous enough to really get your cardio pumping and a few steep and fun rock scrambles at the very end. There were quite a few times where I thought we were nearing the top but we still had quite a ways to go. Moderate in terrain and nearing hard for the constant uphill for ascent. We went on the last day of September and the colors were beautiful. More people at the top than on the trail because there are easier trails and a gondola you can take to the top. I'm in good shape and an experienced hiker and this trail took me around 5 hours with taking pictures and a snack at the top.

hiking
15 days ago

The trail was exactly described by previous posts. The first 2 miles were beautiful and flat then a gradual incline. You realize you’re approaching the peak when you see the beautiful moss, colder temp, and small areas of ice along the path. The last .2 miles was steep but totally worth it. We wore layers for the 50 deg weather and it was perfect. Definitely bring walking sticks and gloves as it got quite chilly at the peak. Peaks lodge is perfect ending on the trail for some beer & food.

hiking
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

First two miles are relatively flat with just a little elevation gain. Then it's a steady incline to the LT. Just past the shelter it turns into a steep rock scramble. Once at the top, it's a short walk to the Killington gondola.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

First time hitting this trail. Used trail running shoes (Solomon cross country) and was fine. Pretty flat for first 2mi then pretty steep all the way up. Well kept and well marked. Weather at the top was cool and raining and a ton of cloud cover- no view. Summit is rocky and jagged but very manageable. 2:04 ascent with various stops along the way 1:37 on the way down.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Every review is the same. I'm going to add that even though it gets tricky, it is so beautiful and worth it. And if you are intermediate you should tackle this one as one of your first "hard" ones. Go check this view out its so worth it (and the hard part goes by fast). Went to the peak lodge and got a beer, used a toilet, and filled up my water bottle.

hiking
1 month ago

Arrived at the Bucklin Trailhead parking lot around 9:45am on Saturday and the lot was full. We parked just off to the right of the lot and when we arrived back at the car mid afternoon, folks were parking on the road. Took about 4.5 hours round trip for us, and that includes a 30 minute break at the summit. All 3 water crossings have a foot bridge going over them. Trail was in excellent condition top to bottom. Moderate effort required in spots and otherwise it was fairly easy going. Scrambles up to the top weren’t super difficult. Summit was windy and cool, so having an extra layer was necessary. Didn’t go down to the ski lodge, but heard you can refill water and use bathrooms there from other hikers.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great day 8/31. Made it to the trailhead at 10am; parking was full (as expected) (no fee) but no issues pulling off alongside the dirt road. No outhouse at the base. Temp was great, about 65F at the bottom, which held through to the summit. Overall, the hike took us 1:45hrs up and 2:00hrs down. We were cruising though - add half and hour to each of those for a more comfortable hike. The trail has a unique flow: it’s very flat for over 2 of the 3.6 miles and then suddenly turns it up for the remainder. In the last 0.6 of the trail my altimeter was showing about 800-1000 vertical feet yet to climb. To give you an idea, typically 1000 ft in 1 mile is considered difficult/advanced. The end of the trail is a really nice single track scramble with awesome views on your back. The summit was great - we took a break for a beer in the Killington ski resort’s lodge. It’s crowded up there. The summit is really full of people who took the gondola ride up there, which kinda stinks but to me the best viewing area is actually in the clearing right before the summit, so there’s still incentive to hike it! Easy descent - we were speed walking the last two miles just trying to get to the car. A great hike!

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

Very easy for the first 2 miles, then pretty steep to the summit. The last quarter mile is a pretty cool.

Easy at first then unrelentingly steep to the top. Nice view. Very well-maintained trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Definitely worth it to hike one time up, beautiful view! Next time definitely riding the ski lift up

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

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