Killington Peak and Pico Peak in Vermont

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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.