Ascent of Pico Peak on 2015-03-22
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, March 22, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3957 ft / 1206 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter 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|
| Time:||1 Hours 25 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours |
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