|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Killington Peak, VT|
||Bucklin Trail, Long Trail, Killington Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, December 14, 2018|
|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. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings have bridges or are easily rock-hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Numerous blowdowns and bent-over small trees blocking the trail |
||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:
||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.
||Donna D |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.