“A scenic 6-mile out-and-back run up the northern face of Pico Mountain.”
— Simeon Pol
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
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
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.