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Sherburne Pass Trail to Pico Peak is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Killington, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,824 ft Route type Out & Back

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Parking Lot: Sherburne Pass Trailhead off Route 4 is just past the Pico ski area heading east from Rutland, VT. It is just beyond the Brad Mead road on the left side of the road. It is free to park here.

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Sarah Hamilton
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Kyle Meek
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HikingBugsRocky

Fun hike up to Pico Peak. Lots of wild flowers, mushrooms, and butterflies all the way up. There was a warning about porcupines in the area but we didn’t see any. Gets steep up towards the top and small sections of the hike use the service road. Some nice views from the peak but it’s a little ruined by the cell tower. Definitely buggy (we walked out with some bites) but otherwise a great hike. Nice big parking lot right at the trailhead. We had most of the trail to ourselves.

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Cassandra Kelly
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HikingBugsRocky

A beautiful trail. Mostly shady. I left the trail to get to the wildflowers and butterflies. The view at the chairlift at the top is great. This is not hard except for the rocks and roots that are everywhere on the trail. You pick your way up and down the mountain. Please BEWARE it is not 5.4 miles. I went for 10 miles. People were giving up a few miles in when they realized that the length of the hike wasn’t the round trip mileage. Well worth it if you have moderate fitness.

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Jonathan Friedler
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HikingBugs

It remains unclear to me whether I did this trail this morning or not, since the trailhead did not appear to be labeled, but the navigation feature led me to the trailhead and we summitted Pico. Fun, easy hike. Took about 2 hours.

Kate M.
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail with several different types of water features, flora and fauna to see as you climb. Before the shelter, the trail is easy to moderate with lots of rocks and tree roots to hop over. Up to this point, the trail is filled with cutbacks and generally low angle inclines with a few short climbs here and there. The view from the shelter is so lovely that an exhausted hiker could turn back and still have had a wonderful day. After the shelter, the hike is elevated lunge central. If you’re only an occasional hiker like me, your thighs and knees will be hurting but the view at the top is amazing. My only regret is not wearing bug spray.

Tyler Metroff
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Alicia Bautista
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Absolutely gorgeous hike! One of my favorites with all the wildflowers and tranquil rushing water sounds!

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Alex James
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This trail difficulty rating is extremely misleading, at least as of the date of this post. It is not hard (if you are fit). The steepness only kicks in when you are on pico and it’s wide open so you can zig zag back and forth. I did this in my running sneakers (wish I had my trails with me). A lot of divots and roots, just pay attention. Took about 2 hours.

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William Corson
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HikingSnow

Great day...super sunny. Gradual up from Rte 4... careful when you get to the first ski slope...look UP hill and trail re enters on the LEFT back into the woods on the SAME side of the slope. ICE and snow, used micro spikes part way. Pico Camp w nice view. Spectacular from the summit (up Pico summit link). Back down the link to the Camp. We decided to do the full loop by going past the Camp to the LT/AT and then back down to Rte 4 that way where we spotted a car. My friend Jon Spencer and I saw great wildflowers in the birch forest on the way down with views to the west since the leaves hadn't come in full yet

Stacy A
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Bill Doaner
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Tyler Metroff
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Jonathan Sargent
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HikingMuddySnow

Hiked up and skied down. The hike up was really nice, a bit of mud but mostly snow pack which was super easy with some simple traction. The ski down was classic ice coast conditions since the slopes hadn't been touched for almost a week.

Tom Wild
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HikingSnow

Spectacular trail! We took it December 26th, 2019. There was still snow on this north-facing slope leftover from the Thanksgiving and early December storms. We saw numerous ski tracks from people who descended from Pico to Sherburne pass along the trail. The temperature was low to mid 30's, and there is plenty of both running water streams and ice on the trail, so microspikes or the equivalent are required. As others have noted, the last pitch from the cabin to summit is pretty steep, and if you are on this section during ski season, be prepared to jump off the trail fast. Two skiers came down while I was making my way up. Views from the top are good, but the summit is fairly industrial, with the comms towers and chairlift. I'd rate this a moderate hike. If there is significant snow cover, snowshoes with good crampons would be necessary.

Inza R.
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