Trail Connections – VT Rte. 103 to US Rte. 4

Killington Mountain, the 2nd highest in Vermont, is the major feature of this section. There are several side trails. Catamount Trail (which is primarily a cross-country ski trail that parallels the Long Trail from Mass. to Canada) crosses the AT twice in this section. The CT’s crossings on CCC Rd. in Shrewsbury and Wheelerville Rd. in Mendon are the closest connections to this AT/CT connection. The CT also joins the AT briefly just a few yards south of the US Rte. 4 crossing. Shrewsbury Peak Trail is another side trail that can either be followed back to its own trailhead or to the trailhead for Black Swamp Trail. The Shrewsbury Peak Trail trailhead and the Catamount Trail CCC Rd. crossing are in the same location, and thus an 8.0 mile loop hike is possible using these two side trails. Bucklin Trail is a side trail leading to the same trailhead as CT Wheelerville Rd. This trailhead can be used for a 12.5 loop hike. Sherburne Pass Trail (southern junction) is an alternative way to reach US Rte. 4. Both Killington Ski Area and Pico Mountain Ski Area can be used to access the AT. The gondola at Killington runs throughout the year. This section also has a number of road crossings: Lottery Rd., Keiffer Rd., Cold River Rd., Upper Cold River Rd. and Clement Shelter Rd. On the southern end of this section, VT Rte. 103 is a major east-west state highway connecting Clarendon with East Wallingford. On the northern end, US Rte. 4 is the major connector between Rutland and Killington. There are 5 designated shelters on this section: Clarendon Shelter, Governor Clement Shelter, Cooper Lodge, Pico Camp, and Churchill Scott Shelter. Pico Camp is on Sherburne Pass Trail. During busy seasons, a caretaker fee will be charged at Cooper Lodge, Pico Camp and Churchill Scott Shelter. Total distance: 17.4 miles.

VT Rte. 103 to US Rte. 4

(Killington area)

 

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