October 10, 2009
Lisa, Myself, and Charlene met at the Wayside Diner after breakfast. We traveled in 2 cars, as a spot was required. We dropped a vehicle at the Bucklin Trail head on Wheelerville Rd. and went back to the Sherburne Pass trail head directly across from the Inn at Long Trail (formerly the AT prior to its relocation). Pico Peak from Sherburne Pass is a fairly easy, moderately long hike. With the exception of one difficult part between the 'Connection' unopened ski trail and the summit, there are no challenging pitches. The summit was fogged in as the early part of our day was cool, damp, and dreary. We stopped at the Pico Camp shelter for lunch after the .8 mile side journey to Pico Peak.
After .2 miles on the pass, we met up with the AT for another 2.7 mile journey to Killington. The trek from Pico Peak to Killington Peak is also fairly easy. The exception, however, is a steep section on the backside of Snowden Peak and a very difficult last few hundred vertical feet to Killington Peak, the trail was well marked, I might add
Fortunately, the sun as promised, did come out making for great views on top of Killington. The westward trip down the Bucklin Trail was enjoyable as the sun shown through the wet multicolored leaves provided by a spectacular 2009 fall foliage season. When we arrived at the car we heard an animal call from the woods which we were sure was a moose. I wandered down the road a bit to see if it was visible but unfortunately it was not. What a great way to end the hiking season. The summer was a bummer with many cancellations do to the wet weather. I am looking forward to getting out the snow shoes in a couple of months! See you on the trail!