Ascent of Pico Peak on 2015-03-22

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pico Peak
    Elevation:3957 ft / 1206 m

Ascent Trip Report

After an attempt of Mount Ellen failed before I even got to the trailhead (my car couldn't make it up Appalachian Gap since the road up it, VT 17, was poorly plowed), I headed down to the Killington region and decided to hike Pico Peak as a backup hike.

This was one of the easiest "big" mountains I've hiked- the elevation gain was modest and spread out over almost three miles. In the beginning, I climbed to within sight of one of Pico's lower ski slopes, and then from there, I switched back up the mountainside at easy grades to a ski trail. I didn't know where the Sherburne Pass Trail went from there, so I walked around a bit and eventually found it.

From where the trail re-entered the woods, it hugged the mountainside all the way to Pico Camp, a cabin/tentsite area 0.4 mi from the summit of Pico Peak and 0.4 miles from the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail. The cabin, IMO, was the best part of the hike, since the summit was littered with buildings and communications towers. Would make a great place to spend a night. After taking a breather in the cabin for a bit, I headed up the Pico Spur, which ascended the mountainside, steeply at times, to the summit area, which was full of buildings, chairlifts, and skiers. From there, I headed for the summit proper, walking all around to make sure I set foot on the highest point (I'm really OCD about making sure I hit the true summit of anything). Once I was satisfied, I headed back to the cabin for "lunch" and then descended back to Sherburne Pass.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1800 ft / 548 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:Sherburne Pass Trail, Pico Spur
    Trailhead:US 4, Sherburne Pass  2157 ft / 657 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Frigid, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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