Ascent of Killington Peak on 2014-01-19

Climber: Isaiah Knight

Others in Party:Samantha R
Date:Sunday, January 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Killington Peak
    Elevation:4235 ft / 1290 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was our third attempt to go and climb this peak, again there was snow in the forecast but we still pushed on. We set our eyes on our first Vermont 4,000 footer and one step closer to the NE 4K's. We took our time getting to the mountain which took us about 3 hours from Plymouth NH. We made it to a road where it looked like everything was washed out, many of the roads were washed out and we had to find another route into the mountain trailhead. Finally we made it to the trailhead through the Wheelerville road which is a 10 mile hike in on a dirt road. We quickly got our stuff on and started our ascent, to be honest in all my days of hiking this was the FLATTEST hike into the mountain, I'd say its a 2 mile hike of flat trails crossing the brook three-four times. Once you get to the right side of the river its begins to go off trail, and start the incline. It is very gradual until you get to the ridge, some icy spots from the covering snow. Toward the top there is a sign off trail leading to fresh water from a spring, in the summer it would be great. Just past that there is a mountain hut in which would be a great place to crash in case you need a place to stay. Minus some stupid kids had trashed the place and left beer cans everywhere it's a good place to get out of the chilly weather. From here it's a .2 mile straight up incline (VERY VERY STEEP) incline to the summit, once you break through the trees your exposed to the wind, we ended up crawling to get to the top, once your 100 feet away from the tower/observatory you need to walk into the exposed air, tempetures dropping 20-30 degrees in a second. Rushing to the summit with the 40+ MPH with on my back, I turned to head back at the top. As soon as I turned I was hit by the wind, knocking my breath away... I VERY quickly popped off my glove and put my face mask on. We quickly left the open summit, having to slide on our butts down to the cabin again, we gained our feelings in our arms and legs again and made good time from then on. As a experienced hiker I'd recommend this hike to mid hikers, the summer would be best to hike due to that extreme icy conditions at the top. The views I'm guessing are great there's a tower at the top but due to the low clouds and wind we couldn't see anything. Overall this was a great peak, some tricky spots but a very nice beginning and easy end to finish it off. Hike on!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2449 ft / 746 m
    Elevation Loss:2449 ft / 746 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds
Low 30's, spitting snow, summit conditions: 40+ MPH gusts, well below 0 degrees... unlivable
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2449 ft / 746 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Bucklin Brook Trail
    Trailhead:Brewers Corner Parking  1786 ft / 544 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2449 ft / 746 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Bucking Brook Trail
    Trailhead:Brewers Corner Parking  1786 ft / 544 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 

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