|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|Pico Peak, VT
|Sherburne Pass Trail, Pico Link, ski trails
|Date of Hike:
|Sunday, January 21, 2024
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|Plenty of parking at the lot at the top of Sherburne Pass, across from the Inn at Long Trail. Lot was completely plowed.
|Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts
|Snowshoes, Light Traction
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Small streams are bridged by ice and buried by snow right now.
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|One large fallen tree a ways up the Sherburne Pass Trail ought to be addressed with a chainsaw come summertime. Blazing on the both the Sherburne Pass Trail and the Pico Link is quite good.
|No pups today.
|No bugs today.
|Lost and Found:
|Hiking partner and I hiked up Pico today to check another mountain off the Winter NEHH list. The Sherburne Pass Trail seemed well-packed at the trailhead, so we started off with microspikes, but quickly changed into snowshoes once we ran into the first of the deep snowdrifts. Those drifts started at about Elev. 2600, right off the south side of Little Pico, and lasted to about Elev. 2800 once the trail gets off a small ridgeline and starts climbing again to the big summit. Other than those drifts, the trail should be pretty well-broken until the next snow. Pico Link is also completely broken out; the trail does continue past the service road toward the summit when climbing upwards, but it can be hard to see where it begins after the service road crossing. That service road can also provide an alternative route with a gentler (though still steep) gradient to the summit. Look out for skiers and riders once you pop out into the ski runs!
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.