Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Killington Peak, VT
Trails: Bucklin Trail, Long Trail, Killington Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, December 14, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot is plowed. Wheelerville Road is plowed and sanded, in good condition from both directions. We were the only car in the lot all day. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings have bridges or are easily rock-hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Numerous blowdowns and bent-over small trees blocking the trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Ella and Eva had a grand time, perfect conditions for pups with mild temps in the 30's and a packed trail. Signs warning of porcupine danger have been there for a few years. I have seen dogs quilled near the Cooper Lodge in the past, so I am cautious and leash my pups in that particular area each time I go there. We saw no porcupines today or in Oct. when we were there. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Bucklin Trail is generally a well-used route for skiers and hikers. Right now the bottom half is firm and spikes suffice. Upper half is much softer and I found snowshoes ideal, especially the televators for the steep climbs. A hiker from yesterday wore spikes from bottom to top and postholed a bit in the upper half of trail. The last extremely steep 0.1 mile is completely snow-covered, no rocks or ledge showing. It was a smooth, hard-packed butt-sliding luge track this morning, but I climbed it easily with snowshoes & televators. Wind was howling at the summit so we didn't stay long there, but a beautiful hike otherwise with the pups.

Disappointed to see 2 piles of dog poop right at the trailhead, which I removed.
Cooper Lodge is a favorite stopping place for Killington Resort skiers who ski over from the Killington groomed trails, sometimes for a beer they've brought along.  
Name: Donna D 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-14 
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