We were headed for Burlington, VT on Friday, but we had time to take a short hike along the way. One that caught our interest was Deer Leap, which can be seen from Sherburne Pass. It towers over the pass and is an quick hike to a great view.
The trail is longer than you would think though, because it wraps around the back of the overlook before reaching the leap. The leap is right above you as you start out, but the trail goes 1.2 miles to get there. Still a short hike, but people think they can get to the top in 5 minutes and it's more like about 40 minutes.
|Deer Leap Overlook from Sherburne Pass|
It's certainly worth the walk though since the view is fantastic. We could see a little snow on Pico Peak across the way and snowmaking on Killington in the distance.
|Snowmaking on Killington|
From Deer Leap we continued on to Deer Leap mountain and then we headed towards the Tucker Johnson leanto, only to find a sign that it had burned down and is no longer there.
Since the leanto wasn't there we looped back around on the Appalachian trail to the trailhead to complete a nice 3.8 mile loop. Perfect for a little diversion hike on our way to Burlington.
Hike Distance: 3.8 miles
Hike Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (including stops)
Total Vertical Gain: ~ 1100'
|Our route (click image to enlarge)|