Killington Peak via Long Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cuttingsville, Vermont that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and offers a number of activity options.

Length9.3 miElevation gain2,627 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Elija F
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HikingIcySnow

12.04.2020 - Summited Killington Peak in winter conditions, snow on the Long Trail from Upper Cold River Road to Killington Peak. Slow going due to the wet snow binding up underneath my crampons making conditions slick and my feet much heavier. Constantly needed to clear the packed snow build up. Near the summit in colder conditions the snow dried out and was easier going. Heavy winds 40-50 mph gusts at summit and wind chill in the single digits up there. Not too bad at lower elevations and in the tree sheltered woods. I would imagine with deeper snow on the ground this hike would become very difficult to unmanageable.

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Elija F
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Snow on trail pretty much the entire way from the upper cold River Road. There were no other tracks on the long trail today. I was breaking trail the whole way. It was pretty easy to follow the white trail blazers along the way. A few trees down across the long trail but for the most part it was in good shape. The trail is moderately steep from Upper Cold River Road to Little Killington. From Little Killington to Killington Peak is a pretty pretty strenuous scramble. Very high winds at Killington Peak, I could only tolerate being up there for about two minutes. I was getting blown sideways by the 40 to 50 mile an hour winds. The communications towers were all howling from the wind The traverse from Little Killington to Killington peak was quite nice and flat fairly open. Some views of Killington from Little Killington as well as some views through blow down areas to the south west. This was a tough hike nonetheless due to the amount of slogging through 3 to 4 inches of snow that kept binding up my crampons. The wet snow was pretty slippery and I slid around quite a bit due to the snow balls underneath my feet.  Minimal wildlife on the hike. Although I saw quite a few rabbit tracks some mice tracks and a few quail that flew away in the distance. There were also some fox and deer tracks along the long trail. Very desolate hike, I did not meet one soul on the 6.5 mile journey. It was 35° F out at the base and in the 20’s at the summit. Heavy snowfall is expected this week so this was really my last chance to get this hike done this year.

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Jeffrey Triepke
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Awesome awesome awesome. Not a cloud in the sky and not a busy trail!

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Yevgeniya Monisova
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Courtney Emerson
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Really enjoyed this trail, my friends watch and mine both said it was over 9.3 miles out and back closer to 10.5. Similar to another review it was close to a class four road getting to the trail head, having a smaller car that is low to the ground was not ideal. It was a gentle start, then gained in elevation up the ridge, then a beautiful flat hike along the ridge line. The last .2 to the summit was super steep!!! If you’re looking for a longer day hike, that is a little challenging, with beautiful views this is a great option!

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Sara Herrington
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this is the sketchiest "trailhead" I've ever been to. once I got there, I turned around and left. there are 2 abandoned houses in the middle of nowhere right where you are expected to leave your car. no cell service. the "road" it takes you down looks more like a one way walking path rather than a "road". I'm honestly shocked I didnt get stuck. anyways, think twice before starting here and if you do, please be careful.

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Eric DePhillips
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Easier but longer (and less crowded!) than the bucklin trail

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Daniel Finger
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Difficult trail that rewards persistent hikers with spectacular views that stretch from the Adirondacks in New York to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains on a clear day. Peak Lodge from the resort offers rare mountain luxury at the finish line. Prepare for mud.

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David Stone
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Out and back from gate below Clement Shelter on Appalachian Trail to top of Killington

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Tom Haynes
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Eden Brown
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Gary Emerle
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Craig Johnson
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Richi Rodriguez
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Brandon Dupuis
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Udar Gromov
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erin keefe
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Steven Knott
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n c
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Val Hanson
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Alan Seward
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Jason Kinosh
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