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Deer Leap Overlook

Intermediate

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2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer out and back
80% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 452' 138 m
Descent: -452' -138 m
High: 2,599' 792 m
Low: 2,227' 679 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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A two-mile out-and-back run with a beautiful overlook at the top.

Simeon Pol

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a very popular locals running spot just off Route 4 in Killington. The trail offers easy access to Deer Leap Rock which overlooks Pico Peak and the Mendon Valley.

The trail is littered with glacial rocks and beautiful open woods. Once you reach the higher elevations, the trail narrows into dense evergreen forest with speckled light illuminating the trail floor until it finally opens up to the Deer Leap Overlook, a giant rock where you can have a picnic and enjoy the view.

Runner Notes

Be aware of loose rocks and protruding roots throughout the entirety of the trail.

Description

The trailhead is located in the Long Trail Inn parking lot. You can park across the road in the Sherburne Pass Trail parking lot if none is available at the Inn side.

The trail begins rocky and muddy with a gradual incline. At 0.4 miles, you'll come to the Sherburne Pass Trail and Appalachian Trail Junction. Continue left at the junction towards Deer Leap Overlook.

Shortly after, you'll encounter another junction for the Appalachian and Deer Leap Mountain Trail. Continue on the Deer Leap Mountain Trail. After the junction, the trail begins to level out and heads down across a series of duckboards and rooted ground.

At 0.8 miles, you'll reach the last junction for Deer Leap Mountain Trail and Deer Leap Overlook Trail. Continue left on Deer Leap Overlook Trail. This trail will lead you to Deer Leap Overlook.

At one mile, you have reached Deer Leap Overlook. Once you are done enjoying the views, simply head back the way you came.

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Deer Leap Overlook
Sep 18, 2019 near Pittsfield, VT
Deer Loop Overlook
Sep 18, 2019 near Pittsfield, VT
Scenic overlook at the top of Deer Leap right before sunset (Pico Mountain Resort to the left).
May 27, 2018 near Pittsfield, VT

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