Hike to Killington Peak

Bucklin Trail

This is a really fun and challenging hike up onto the peak of the biggest ski area in the east. It is a classic trail I try to do at least once a season, I have even met collegiate cross country runners using this trail to train.

The trail head (Bucklin Trail) is found a couple of miles up Wheelerville Road on the left. Wheerlerville is a dirt road that will be muddy in the spring and summer. The drive is long enough that you will think you did something wrong, but you haven't! the trail head will eventually pop up.The trail is 3.4 miles one way, and winds lazily through the forest and over a stream for the first mile or so before becoming steep and crushing upwards. Be sure to follow the same color trail markers the whole way. You will come to Cooper's Cabin about 3/4 of the way up (a decent sized hut on the AT) that has a great view and isn't a bad spot for a break before completing the hike. The final push is up through pretty pines and breaks open at the bottom of the rocks before the top, a grade 4 scramble for a few hundred feet to the peak. The rocks at the top are a great spot for lunch. Round trip, this hike can be done in 3 hours- or if you want, take all day.The way down: Retrace your steps(3.4 miles down to the car); OR take a short descent to the mountain's peak lodge and walk down 2 miles down the Kbase Lodge, having a spotted car or friend waiting to pick you up!

My dog especially loves this hike on cool fall mornings.

Note: Fall colors are great.In winter there are back country skiers and hiking is less common, as well as the trail not being marked for winter hiking.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes 
  • Snacks 
  • Water 
  • Warm layers for the top- probably a wind breaker too 
  • Water for your pets if you bring them 
  • Camera 
  • Head lamp if you are planning on getting out in the late afternoon
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RT Distance 3.4 Miles
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Advanced
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic

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Great in the winter!

Loved doing this in the winter, got to see some skiers playing around as well.

In the Clouds

Great hike , however I need to go back I was completely socked in. Enjoyed checking out the Cooper Lodge a shame some people choose to vandalize it!


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