Willoughby State Forest - Moose Mountain Trail

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
2.7 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

Leave What You Find
Leave the trail work to the pros: they will add or remove blazes, cairns (stone trail markers), structures, and trail improvements as deemed necessary.
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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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