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    Killington via the Bucklin Trail in winter

    Tried doing some quick online research(don't have a VT hiking guide) about this route in winter and didn't come about with much. Best I got was on Trails.com giving the numbers and description of this route but in seasons says, Spring, Summer, Fall. So, does anyone know if the Bucklin Trail is accessible in winter? Mainly, is Wheelerville Rd. maintained in winter?

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    Shouldn't be an issue outside of mud season:

    http://www.newenglandtrailconditions...ingtonpeak.php

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    Yes, it is plowed in winter. Bucklin Trailhead is also a Catamount Trail access point and was in good shape when I skied the CT last winter.

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    Thank-You.
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    I was actually debating whether I should do Buckling Trail or Canty Trail today. I ended up hiking Canty Trail / Blue Ridge Mountain (different peak but close by) mostly because it is not yet marked on OpenStreetMap. All the roads were clear and there was just a dusting of snow with temperature just a bit below 20. There is snow in the forecast for tonight, so if I get to do Buckling Trail later in the week I will write it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty E View Post
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    I could easily do some research on this but I'm lazy....how much of this hike is exposed? I'm doing this hike with Joe, and it's supposed to be pretty windy Saturday, I want to make sure Joe is prepared...I like to look out for the safety of my elders.

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    Exposed just at the very top! Bucklin Trail is completely in the trees. From Cooper Lodge on the AT/LT, it's a steep 0.3 mile to the summit, with just the last bit exposed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinkyfeet View Post
    Exposed just at the very top! Bucklin Trail is completely in the trees. From Cooper Lodge on the AT/LT, it's a steep 0.3 mile to the summit, with just the last bit exposed.
    Don't forget the concession stand at summit where you can warm up and get food and hot drinks. I don't recall if you can get beer or not.
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    Thanks for all the info. The concession stand is a bonus!

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    I hiked Bucklin Trail to intersection with AT/LT for a total of 3.5 miles one way & 2000 ft of elevation gain. Wheelerville Road is maintained in the winter and the parking lot has been cleared of snow. It was snowing lightly most of the time (with some freezing drizzle) even though the forecast called for neither. The first 2.2 miles of the trail feel just like a walk in a hilly park and then you start gaining elevation much faster. Hope this helps.
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    Love to hear the results....I'm considering this for a week and a half from now. TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by BISCUT View Post
    Love to hear the results....I'm considering this for a week and a half from now. TX
    Sorry, decided on something else so no info. to pass along.
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    I appreciate the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BISCUT View Post
    Love to hear the results....I'm considering this for a week and a half from now. TX
    http://www.newenglandtrailconditions...ingtonpeak.php has a report from last week.

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