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Pico Peak via Sherburne Pass Trail

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 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A scenic 6-mile out-and-back run up the northern face of Pico Mountain.


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5.5

Miles

8.9

KM

69%

Runnable

3,918' 1,194 m

High

2,180' 665 m

Low

1,750' 533 m

Up

1,750' 533 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This moderately difficult 6-mile run is full of beautiful woodlands and scenic views. From the wildflowers covering the sun-spotted forest floor to the dense pine forest near the peak, this run will have your head on a swivel enjoying the environment. Along with this run, you'll also find the Pico Shelter, a small wooden hut for backpackers passing through. The peak gives 360-degree panoramic views of the region including Killington to the south and the Chittenden Reservoir to the north.

Need to Know

Pico Shelter is located at mile 2.5.

Description

The run starts at the Sherburne Pass parking lot and begins as a gradual climb. This section is full of wildflowers covering the forest floor and a few small mountain streams.

Around mile 1.5, the climb becomes steeper and begins to switchback up the mountain. Around this elevation, the environment begins to change to more coniferous trees and mossy ground. Around mile 2.5 the Pico Shelter will appear on your right. The trail splits with the Sherburne Pass Trail continuing south and the Pico Link Trail continuing west.

The entirety of the Pico Link Trail is a steep climb to the peak of Pico Mountain. Navigate with care until you reach the second section of ski trail where you'll be able to see the ski patrol lodge and the summit lift.

Flora & Fauna

Trillium flowers and many other species of wildflowers grow here.

History & Background

The Long Trail Lodge used to be located at Sherburne Pass.

Contacts

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Simeon Pol

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Photos

View from inside the Pico Shelter.
May 29, 2018 near Rutland, VT
The Pico Shelter.
May 29, 2018 near Rutland, VT
Even when is cloudy there is a beautiful view!!! Fall, October.
Oct 7, 2018 near Rutland, VT
View of Killington from the peak of Pico.
May 29, 2018 near Rutland, VT
Lower section on Pico of the Sherburne Pass Trail.
May 29, 2018 near Pittsfield, VT
One of the few small spots along the Sherburne Pass Trail that comes out onto one of Pico's ski trails.
May 29, 2018 near Rutland, VT

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