Killington Peak and Pico Peak in Vermont admin June 9, 2018June 11, 2018 Hikes, NE67 4000 footers, Appalachian Trail, Dayhike, Hiking, Long Trail, NE67, Vermont Another summit on the NE67 and finish of the Vermont 4000 footers. An old arched tree over the trail on the lower section of Sherburne Trail from Rt 4 Popping out of the hiking trail onto the ski trail, we catch our first of many views. Sneaking a pic of Kevin as we marched up the open ski trail Darting back into the woods, we reached the Pico Camp Cabin. It was small but adequate and had an nice view. The Pico Peak spur trail continues behind the camp A nice view through the tall pines form the Pico Camp Cabin The Pico Link spur trail starts behind the Pico Camp Cabin The Pico Link trail crosses the ski trails a couple times on the way to the summit One of the lift chairs left offer a brief rest The Pico Peak summit chair lift, seems out of place without the white snow Kevin snapping a selfie with the rolling green hills behind Pico Peak ski trail map near the summit This Pico Peak summit was nondescript. This appeared to be the highest point in the area. A grass covered pile of rock behind the radio communication building From Pico Peak summit, looking to our future destination, Killington summit Returning down the Pico Link spur to the Pico Camp Cabin, we continue on the Sherburne Pass Trail south toward Killington Arriving at the large junction where Sherburne Pass Trail meets Long Trail. The Long Trail overlaps the Appalachian Trail in these parts. The lush green ferns made for appealing trail borders Hobblebush in bloom and scattered among the ferns The Long Trail junction with Bucklin Trail. Many reach Killington via the Bucklin Trail(out and back) Kevin studies the AT/LT sign markings At Cooper Lodge, there was obvious markers to keep skiiers back on the Killington ski property. The Cooper Lodge, I poked my head inside and a thruhiker was settling in. It was nice to meet ‘Dusty Pilgrim’ on his journey Just beyond the Cooper Lodge, the Long Trail breaks right and the spur to Killington summit is left Shortly after splitting from the Long Trail, the Killington Spur trail ascends a steep rocky pitch for nearly the entire .2 mile Popping out of the alpine trees, Kevin assesses his route up Killington Spur As I pop above the trees, a glance back at where we were, Pico Peak More communication buildings and tower crown Killington’s summit. Also present an old fire tower From the ledge summit of Killington, the view north are amazing. Breezy on the summit of Killington. Walk beyond the communication building to find a nice lookout on Killington summit Looking west from the lookout, the haze settles on the distant ranges Kevin dropping down from Killington summit back into the green forest Returning on the spur trail from Killington summit, back to Cooper Lodge Back on the Long Trail / Appalachian Trail Age and weather took it’s toll on this tree along the trail Well camouflaged toad tried to escape the photo. More greens, these large leafed plants lined the trail through some areas. They added a different texture to the underbrush The tall mature trees provided shade for the ferns below, along the Vermont Long Trail / Appalachian Trail Smaller white flowers work to earn their territory among the ferns and well worn trail An open peek through the thick forest at the Mendon Lookout along the Long Trail Directions provided by this trail sign at the junction of a spur trail to Churchill Scott shelter Solid post and beam construction at the Churchill Scott shelter along the Long Trail / Appalachian Trail. We chatted briefly with trail maintainer wrapping up lunch break and on their way to clean water bars Mossy falls of a brook making its way among the forest floor. A complete variety of greens line the Long Trail Kevin takes a moment to absorb the expanse of the area. The mature hardwood trees, canopy so thick, deny much sunlight to the underbrush below Small flowers, mostly white but some lavender, vie for their turn to flourish Kevin looks around at this section of uprooted fallen trees. The massive root balls scooped up boulders and suspend them among their roots. Ducking under the uprooted trees, Kevin tries to follow the trail The white rectangular blaze, marking many miles of trail along the Vermont Long Trail and Appalachian Trail Appalachian Trail and Long Trail markers, not often seen around these areas The last stream crossing before the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail parking lot on US Rte. 4 in Mendon, VT The dreaded road walk. This was only 1 mile on Rt 4 between Sherburne Pass trail head and Appalachian Trail/Long Trail parking lot. Maybe this will convince Kevin road walks can be good GPS Stats for this loop w/side trips and road walk between trail heads. A mighty fine day.