The Sherburne Pass Trail is the former, historic route of the Long Trail. It extends south of US-4 as well as north. Its half-mile northern section is described here. The trail enters the woods at the east end of the Inn at Long Trail’s parking lot. It ascends quickly alongside the road (some road noise can be heard in the initial portions of the trail), until it meets the Appalachian Trail (AT) after 0.5 miles.
The east end of the Deer Leap Trail is 220 feet north along the Appalachian Trail from the junction of the AT with the Sherburne Pass Trail. From the AT, the Deer Leap Trail bears west and climbs 0.4 miles through an attractive birch forest to a spur trail. The Overlook Spur Trail leads 0.2 miles south to a dramatic rock outcropping, with views over Sherburne Pass, of the nearby Coolidge Range, and to the west, New York’s Adirondacks.
Continuing north from the spur, the trail drop to a brook before climbing again to the top of Deer Leap Mountain. It then descends gradually to the north until reaching its western junction with the AT, 1.3 miles from the trail's eastern junction with the AT.
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Take US-4 east from Rutland or west from Killington to the top of Sherburne Pass. There are a few parking spots on the north side of US-4, on which side the trailhead is located, and many spaces on the south side of the road. Be extremely careful crossing US-4.
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