Please be aware that the northern half of Vermont was affected by major flooding. Roads to trailheads may not be open for the weekend, turn around if you encounter closed roads.

Deer Leap

In addition to traveling over Deer Leap Mountain, these trails leads to the ledge looming over the north side of Sherburne Pass, offering views of the nearby Killington and Pico peaks, with distance views extending to New York's Adirondacks.
Trail Activity
2.00 miles, Network
Killington (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge


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.

Trail Manager

Visit Green Mountain National Forest online for more information or contact:

Green Mountain National Forest: Supervisor's Office - Rutland

Green Mountain National Forest: Supervisor's Office - Rutland
231 North Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 747-6700
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Green Mountain Club

Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Phone: (802) 244-7037
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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Avoid the introduction or transport of non-native species. Clean, drain, and dry water equipment when moving between water bodies.
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Trailhead Information

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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