Willoughby State Forest - Moose Mountain Trail
View Connector Trails
From Barton, drive south on VT-5/Lake Street for 4.5 miles. Turn right 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.
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.
For more information about the trails, visit the Northwoods Stewardship Center or the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation online or contact:
NorthWoods Stewardship Center
154 Leadership Drive/PO Box 220
East Charleston, Vermont 05833
Phone: (802) 723-6551
Westmore Trails Committee
Town of Westmore
54 Hinton Hill Road
Orleans, VT 05860
Phone: (802) 525-3007
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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