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Ascent of Skye Peak on 2009-07-29

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Skye Peak
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3800 ft / 1158 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left this morning for an extended trip to visit our son's family in Houston, TX. We will take about 4 weeks to get there, in order to do a bunch of hiking in different states. Vermont is on the agenda primarily because of Vermont's 3500 foot Peaks list ..... I am short 4 peaks.

We came to Killington's Ski Resort for the day with plans to climb Skye Peak, however after checking out the trail maps at K-1 Lodge I decided to include a trip to Killington Peak for the second time and hike over to Skye Peak and Bear Mountain.

I signed in at the trail register in the Bike Rental Shop next to the ticket office at the K-1 Lodge (elev 2500'). I climbed the direct steep Flume (A) trail, 1.1 miles to Killington's Peak Lodge and the short .2 mile summit trail to the summit (4241'). After stopping in to check out the lodge I traversed the 1 mile Alpine (F) trail East to Skye's Peak superstar chairlift station, in a small all open col ..... the actual summit is in a wooded area, West of the station, requiring a short bushwack.
Looking West from the superstar station towards the summit, the woods look to be very dense and impassable. Travel left (south) downhill about 60-80 feet and easily enter the woods at this point. Once inside the woods, it opens up, a herd path will take you to the summit of Skye Peak (3800') in about 100 yards ........ signs of construction, 5 glass panels, wood planks, wood saw hanging from a tree. I returned the same way to the superstar station in the col.

From Skye Peak's superstar station I descended the Gateway Ski Run Southeast, half way down I picked up and followed a service road all the way to the Bear Mountain chair lift station on the summit (3262`), this distance is estimated at .6 miles. I returned the same way back up to Skyes station, then I descended on the Alpine (F) and wildlands (E) trails (abt 1.5 mi) to the K-1 Lodge TH........ overall today`s climb was easy to steep, 5.4 miles, 3 1/2 hour Round Trip.

A huge rain came down just after I got cleaned up. From here we went to check out tomorrow`s climb to Shrewsbury Peak.

IN THE MOUNTAINS THE SHORTEST WAY IS FROM PEAK TO PEAK ..... BUT FOR THAT YOU MUST HAVE LONG LEGS.



Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:80 ft / 25 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:80 ft / 25 m
    Route:alpine trail (f) from killington peak
    Trailhead:Killington peak  3720 ft / 1133 m
Descent Statistics



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