Spruce Mountain

A climb through multiple Vermont forest types to a lookout tower with 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape
Trail Activity
Hiking
Length
2.1 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Advanced
Town
Plainfield (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

Spruce Mountain is located in LR Jones State Forest, the oldest State Forest in Vermont. The 2.2 mile trail to the summit of Spruce Mountain, a 3,037 foot peak, climbs moderately as it passes through hardwood forests. As it approaches and goes through spruce and fir forest, it becomes rocker and steeper.  

At the top, there is a climbable fire tower that offers a 360° view of the surrounding area. 

 

Trail Manager

For more information on the trail or the L.R. Jones State Forest, visit the Vermont State Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation online, or contact:

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 4: Barre District

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 4: Barre District
5 Perry Street, Suite 20
Barre, VT 05641-4265
Phone: (802) 476-0182
Walter.Opuszynski@vermont.gov
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Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
If you have to step off the trail, step onto a rock or soil. Avoid stepping on fragile vegetation.
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Trailhead Information

From US-2 in Plainfield, head south to cross the Winooski River on Main Street. After the bridge, turn right onto Mill Street and proceed for 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Brook Road. After 1.5 miles, turn left onto Fowler Road. After another 1.5 miles, turn right onto East Hill Road. After 0.7 miles, turn left onto Spruce Mountain Road. Stay left. The trailhead will be on the right after 1.0 mile. The parking area is plowed in the winter. 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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