Ascent of Killington Peak on 2006-08-07

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Monday, August 7, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Killington Peak
    Elevation:4235 ft / 1290 m

Ascent Trip Report

A day after our hike up Mount Mansfield, we started our drive south to Bennington, in the southern part of the state. The great weather we had the previous day was now a little more mixed, with clouds, a breeze and the threat of rain. Still, the weather was cool and not too humid.

First was Killington Peak, site of the well-known ski resort. We drove to the big lodge at the base of the gondolas and ski runs. Beth was battling a migraine and decided to skip the ride, but she gave me her blessings to go up to the top and tag it. I bought a ticket ($14) and got into a gondola. The big draw here is the bike paths. People take their bikes to the top on the gondola, then ride them down the network of roads and trails all the way to the bottom. Me, I just wanted to tag the top.

The ride to the top takes eight minutes, and from there, a trail (trail J) winds about 40 vertical feet and 200 horizontal feet to the sloping, rocky granite summit. The hike itself took about 5 minutes. An English couple was there and they kindly took a photo of me. The views were obscured by the fast-moving clouds and hazy moisture. I didn't stick around long, hiked back down to the gondola and rode down. Believe it or not, the whole round trip took less than 30 minutes. Beth was reading her book back at the car and was surprised to see me come back so quickly.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:4195 ft / 1278 m

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