|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Killington Peak, VT|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, January 8, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Route 4 has a large, regularly plowed lot. Keiffer (also called Middle?) Road required pulling off on the side of the (dirt) road. Both Upper and Cold River Road crossings basically have no parking in the winter. Good to bring a shovel! |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Sargent and Gould Brooks were a little tricky, both requiring little leaps of faith onto snow-covered rocks, but water levels were not high thankfully. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Counted around 20 blowdowns in this stretch, more of them in the section south of Killington. |
|Lost and Found:
||Route 4 to Keiffer Road|
Snowshoes car to car. Route 4 to Cooper Lodge had been alternately barebooted or skied. Snow depth up high on the ridge - Jungle Junction/Pico to Killington to Little Killington - provided perfect snowshoe conditions. No one had been past Killington Spur. Winter wonderland up there! Some searching for the trail here and there (white blazes on snow-plastered trees - haha). GPS to the rescue.
Approaching Governor Clement Shelter, I encountered a bareboot track for awhile (made route finding easy). From Governor Clement to Keiffer Road was lower elevation and had just enough snow to snowshoe although they are not absolutely necessary. Some beautiful hemlock forests and big pines in there!
Other than 3 skiers at Cooper Lodge, I had the entire 14 miles to myself. As always, big thanks to Fancypants for enabling me to go point-to-point. :)
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.