https://p.ridj-it.com/app/trip-detail?id=88465 Wellington Station
Wellington Revere Beach Pkwy, Medford, MA 02155, USA
Medford, MA 02155
Meetup, Social Good, Sports & Active Life
Welcome to an awesome winter hike. Killington is one of Vermont's 4,000 footers, reaching 4,236' and is the second highest mountain behind Mansfield. We'll be hiking to the summit via the Bucklin trail out and back, totaling 7.2 miles. The mountain is considered the southernmost 4,000 footer in New England along the Appalachian Trail until Virginia. At the summit, it offers panoramic views of the Green Mountains, Adirondacks to the west and the White Mountains to the east, so let us hope for a clear day!
Elevation gain: 24701 ft.
There will be a gear check for this hike at the pick up location and at the trailhead if you're a non-carpooler. If you don't have the gear, you will not be allowed to join the hike. No exceptions!
What to bring:
Waterproof, winter-hiking boots (no sneakers, no trail runners)
Non-cotton base layer (preferable wool or synthetic)
Breathable mid-layer (eg: microfleece)
Warm socks (atleast a 2nd extra pair)
Water-proof outer shell jacket
Microspikes (Mandatory, no yaktrax)
Waterproof and insulated Gloves
Ski goggles (incase of squalls).
Headlamp (in case we hike into the night with the early sunsets)
Hand and toe warmers (highly recommended)
3 liters of water that won't freeze. (Insulated water bottle or other method)
Snacks and lunch. You will be burning a lot of energy!
Trekking poles (highly recommended)
First aid kit
digital or printed trail map
Snowshoes (requirement will be updated closer to the hike)
All Trails maps: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/vermont/bucklin-trail-to-killington-peak
This is NOT a beginner hike so you must be in good shape and have confidence in finishing it, in winter conditions! We will be keeping a steady 1.5 mph pace throughout the hike and would try to hike as a group. However if you are slowing the group down (this includes myself too) I expect you to have the grace to turn back and wait at the trail head. You must have the gear above or you will be turned away before leaving the carpool spot/trailhead. You are responsible for having a map of this hike; this is not a guided hike. You are joining like-minded enthusiasts and are responsible for your own safety and preparedness. Beyond that lets make this a memorable trip, with great weather and a trip into a winter wonderland. Happy hiking!