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Willoughby State Forest - Moose Mountain Trail

This trail system is currently CLOSED. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently CLOSED. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail can be modified to suit the desires of all hikers and offers scenic views of Wheeler Pond and the surrounding mountains. 
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
2.70 miles, Network
Sutton (VT), Westmore (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Permitted on leash


This trail offers a number of different hike lengths, each of which offers beautiful views and unique experiences. The trail starts just north of Wheeler Pond (from the same trailhead location as the Wheeler Pond Trail). From there, hikers can climb the first 0.4 miles of moderate ascent to a scenic view from Moose Ledge of Wheeler Pond and the surrounding area. Hikers looking for a short trip can turn around here and head back.

From there the trail increases in steepness for the next 0.7 miles to the summit of Moose Mountain. From the summit, hikers can continue straight for the next 0.9 miles where the trail intersects with the Willoughby Lookout Spur, which gives hikers beautiful views of the surrounding lakes and mountains, or hikers can continue straight to connect to the Brookside Trail and the other Mount Hor trails in Willoughby State Forest.

Trail Manager

For more information about the trails, visit the Northwoods Stewardship Center or the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation online or contact:

Westmore Trails Committee
Town of Westmore
54 Hinton Hill Road
Orleans, VT 05860
Phone: (802) 525-3007
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NorthWoods Stewardship Center

NorthWoods Stewardship Center
154 Leadership Drive/PO Box 220
East Charleston, Vermont 05833
Phone: (802) 723-6551
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VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 5: St. Johnsbury District

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 5: St. Johnsbury District
374 Emerson Falls Road
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 751-0136
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Trail Tips

Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Yield to pedestrians on multi-use trails. Warn others that you are passing from behind with a friendly "Excuse me" and a smile.
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Trailhead Information

From Barton, drive south on VT-5/Lake Street for 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Wheeler Mountain Road and continue for 1.4 miles. Turn right off the road into the parking area where the trailhead is located. 

The Moose Mountain Trail shares a trailhead with the Wheeler Pond Trail, so be sure to follow signs for Moose Mountain.

The parking areas are not plowed in the winter.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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Trail Alerts

Hiking Mud Season
March 20, 2024 – May 24, 2024

It is mud season in Vermont. Even if a trail is marked as open, pay attention to trail conditions. If you encounter mud or ice, turn around. Come back once the trail has had time to dry out.  

Mud Season Trail Closure
March 20, 2024 – May 24, 2024

One or more trails in this system is currently closed due to muddy or wet conditions. Please help to protect our trails by not walking on them when they are soft and easily damaged. Learn more.

If any trails are open, they will be listed on the Details tab.


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