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Best trails in Rutland

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Looking for a great trail near Rutland, Vermont? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Giffords Woods State Forest Park or Lowell Lake State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ascutney State Park or North Pawlet Hills Natural Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Rutland ranging from 7.2 to 9.4 miles and from 1,788 to 4,229 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Rutland
Top trails (5)
#1 - Killington Peak via Bucklin Trail
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
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.Show more
#2 - Bald Mountain Trail
Aitken State Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
The Bald Mountain Trail is noted for its vistas, blueberries, and wildflowers. Four vistas located at rock promontories along the trail offer panoramic views of the Green Mountain range, Otter Creek and Cold River valleys, as well as Rutland City. The hike has mostly moderate grades with a few steep descents on the West Loop and the end of the East Loop.Show more
#3 - Salamander, Stegosaurus, Underdog and Dewey Wood Road
Pine Hill Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
#4 - Mendon Peak
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
If you are looking at the Bucklin Traillhead on Wheelerville Road in Mendon / Killington, Vermont, there is a gate located just to the right; this is the start of the hike to Mendon Peak. Hike on the old logging road past the gate for roughly 1 mile where you will find yourself at a fork. (You will pass a house on your left at the [roughly] 0.65 mile mark). At this fork go left. In roughly 0.25 miles, fork left again. Then shortly after (roughly 0.10 miles) fork right. You will fork right again in roughly 0.70 miles. In roughly 0.20 miles go left, then shortly after (roughly 0.10 miles) go right. In roughly 0.10 miles you will cross a river. Shortly after (roughly 0.10 miles) you will fork right. You will cross the river again at roughly 0.30 miles. You will see a cairn in roughly 0.25 miles, and the main logging road you are on turns left. In roughly 0.20 miles, there is another cairn that marks the beginning of the bushwhack. Turn right into the woods to begin your bushwhack. There is a herd path the entire way up, but you may lose it, and pick it back up again on and off. The herd path closer to the summit is obvious.Show more
#5 - Killington (Extended) Loop
Rutland, Vermont
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 5 h 33 m
This is a more rigourous and lengthened approach to Killington. It takes you deep into the woods and up to the Long Trail in order to ascend to the Killington Peak. The trail is heavily overgrown in most areas but offers a fresh alternative to the straight ascent hikers normally take. Take your time and enjoy the incredible silence and alternative route to the top of the Beast of the East. Enjoy!Show more