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Willoughby State Forest - Wheeler Pond

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 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
Length
1.00 mile, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Towns
Barton (VT), Sutton (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

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
clerk@westmoreonline.org
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NorthWoods Stewardship Center

NorthWoods Stewardship Center
154 Leadership Drive/PO Box 220
East Charleston, Vermont 05833
Phone: (802) 723-6551
info@northwoodscenter.org
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Green Mountain Club

Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Phone: (802) 244-7037
gmc@greenmountainclub.org
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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
Luke.OBrien@vermont.gov
View website

Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Dispose of solid human waste in a cathole 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water, camp, or trails. Don't forget to cover it up when you're done!
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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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Trail Alerts

Trails
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.  

Trails
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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