Ascent of Killington Peak on 2014-08-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, August 25, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4235 ft / 1290 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFinally bagged my first Vermont 4K!
Due to a lack of time (I didn't hit the trail until 4:20 PM), I went up and down the ski area's hiking trails. After getting some info from a very helpful staff member in the bike/hike shop, I headed up the E trail, which was surprisingly wooded for the most part, except for a few sections where it crossed/followed ski trails. There were also neat signs on trees explaining what they are, the story behind them, etc. Halfway up, I met a kind gentleman who lives in the area, and we chatted for a bit about the ski area, its trails, and the local events. We then parted ways before coming up to a steep section, then I reentered the woods.
From that point, I walked through the longest wooded section of the trail- about 3/5 of its overall length. It was very scenic and my favorite part of the hike. After a 1/2 hour or so, I reentered the ski trails and followed them and a long wooden staircase to the top of the gondola station, where I chatted with another staff member before he 4-wheeled back down for the night. From there, I took the short J trail to the summit.
Killington Peak's summit had a fire tower (closed) and a communications tower, but it was open with excellent views to the north and west. I relaxed here for about 15 minutes, then I headed back to the summit restaurant (closed), where I talked with two ladies who walked up the steep A trail, then I headed down the C trail.
The C trail was basically a gravel access road. There wasn't really anything of note on the descent except for a deer I saw off the trail; we had a staring contest for a few minutes, then we parted ways. Eventually, I got back to the parking lot at 6:30, then I began the 2.5 hour drive back home.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1640 ft / 499 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1640 ft / 499 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.2 mi / 6.8 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||1640 ft / 499 m|
| Distance:||2.2 mi / 3.5 km|
| Route:||E trail, J trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Killington ski area 2595 ft / 790 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 5 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1640 ft / 499 m|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||J trail, C trail|
| End Trailhead:||Killington ski area 2595 ft / 790 m|
| Time:||50 Minutes|
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