Sherburne Pass Trail is a lightly tracked trail outside of Killington that takes you to the top of Pico Peak. The trailhead begins at the Sherburne Pass parking lot, which is only a 10-minute drive from Killington. This 6-mile hike is moderately difficult and takes you to the ski patrol lodge and summit lift at the top of Pico Point. The best time to hike the Sherburne Pass trail is between April and October.
About Sherburne Pass Trail
The hike begins at the parking lot and gradually climbs uphill. The first part of the hike is full of grassy open fields covered in wildflowers, with small mountain streams. After about 1.5 miles the hike begins to switchback up the mountain. As this elevation, the forest is made of towering coniferous trees and the ground is covered in thick green moss. After 2.5 miles, you reach the Pico Shelter and the trail splits. To the south is the Sherburne Pass Trail, and to the west is the Pico Link trail.
The Pico Link trail is only .4 miles long, but it’s a steep climb straight to the summit of Pico Peak. Pico Peak is the northernmost peak of the Coolidge Range in the Green Mountains and is the second highest peak in the Coolidge Range behind Killington Peak. It is the sixth highest peak in the state.
Once you reach the top, you have stunning 360-degree views of the Adirondacks and other Green Mountain peaks. The views are exceptionally beautiful in October when all the leaves are changing colors. This hike is one of the more popular ones in the area, so on a day with good weather and on the weekends, it can get pretty popular. This trail can be hiked year-round, but if you go during the winter, it is best to go on a Tuesday or Wednesday when the Pico Mountain Ski Resort is closed.
Useful Links for Sherburne Pass Trail
About Pico Peak in Vermont | Pico Link Trail | Sunrise – Bear Ridge C4
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