Mendon Peak

Hiked Mendon Peak in Vermont on 10/12/2017. It was a perfect hiking day with clear skies and cool temps. Mendon Peak is located east of Rutland, VT and not too far from Killington Ski Area. The hike started near the trail head for the Bucklin Trail which goes up to Killington. The suggested route follows a logging roads for quite a while before starting the bushwhack to the summit. I was following the suggested route but eventually lost it, so I just headed straight up the side of the mountain to the summit. That seemed to work pretty well. Not much to see on the way up except for a few mushrooms.

Mushrooms on a birch tree

Just before reaching the summit there was a side path to a ledge with a really good view.

Killington just to the north
The view from the ledge

After a short walk to the summit from the view I found the canister and signed in. while I was doing that another hiker showed up. That doesn’t happen very often on summits with no trails. He was from Virginia and is working on quite a few hiking projects. Turns out his wife’s family is from Zofingen, Switzerland where I visited a couple of weeks ago, small world.

Summit canister

I walked back to the view point and ate my PBJ and then headed down on a different and shorter route to the car. Only 16 peaks left to finish the New England 100 Highest peaks.


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