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.

Willoughby State Forest - Wheeler Pond

This short hike offers hikers beautiful views of Wheeler Pond, Wheeler Mountain, and the "gnome stairs," and leads hikers to waterfront Green Mountain Club cabins.  
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
1.00 mile, One Way
Barton (VT), Sutton (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Permitted on leash


This 0.6 trail starts at the Moose Mountain Trailhead and goes around the south end of Wheeler Pond to the Hadsel-Mares camp, owned and operated by The Green Mountain Club, located on the west side of Wheeler Pond. Please be respectful of cabin users.

Along the trail, hikers have a great view of Wheeler Pond with Wheeler Mountain in the background. At the outlet for Wheeler Pond, just before the cabin, hikers can turn left to climb the Gnome Stairs Trail, named so because of the small step-down falls on the side of the trail. 

Hikers can loop back to the trailhead using the Wheeler Pond Road, or return on the trail. 

Trail Manager

For more information about the trails, visit the Green Mountain Club 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
View website

Green Mountain Club

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

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
View website

Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Avoid hypothermia, even in warm weather, by limiting your sweat and exposure to cold water. Bring warm and dry clothes in case the shivers set in.
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Trailhead Information

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

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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