Wheeler Mountain

Barton, Vermont 5822

Wheeler Mountain

Wheeler Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"This short but challenging loop hike offers some fun steep rock scrambling, a walk along a cliff, and amazing views of Lake Willoughby and some of the high peaks of Vermont."

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"This could be the perfect hike: mostly moderate climbing with short steep sections, sweeping views from wide-open ledges, and the thrilling adventure of scrambling up rocky slabs. Similar to New Hampshire’s Welch and Dickey mountains, Mount
Wheeler offers quintessential slab hiking to gorgeous views over the surrounding landscape. The short distance combined with the exposed nature of the approach makes for an unforgettable experience for families.

Much of Wheeler Mountain is on private land, but recreational use has been permitted by the landowners. Please continue to respect the private property and stay on the trail. Two trails approach the summit: Red Trail is steeper with open slabs, and
White Trail is more gentle. We describe a counterclockwise loop ascending Red Trail and descending White Trail; if your younger hikers may struggle with steep grades, summit and descend via White Trail instead."

"Wheeler Mountain is one of Vermont’s quickest hikes to panoramic views of the Northeast Kingdom landscape, including the spectacular fjordlike Lake Willoughby."

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Hiked this trail on 06/16/18 - The trail-head is located about 4/10ths of a mile below the description in the three guidebooks (2013 - Best day Hikes in Vermont; 2014 - Hiking the Green Mountains; 2014 - AMC's Outdoors with Kids). The parking is now on the right hand side of the road heading in from Rte 5. There is room for many more cars than the previous location. As a result of the relocation, the trail is considerably longer (according to those who have hiked there previously). The red trail no longer exists and with the relocation the white trail has also been relocated. It is now a well marked, blue blazed trail. The blue trail eventually catches up to the old white trail (now painted over with blue blazes to be consistent). The reward for doing this trail still remains the same as described and if you're lucky like we were, you'll get a chance to see Eagles floating their way around the mountain!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
USGS Quad: Lyndonville
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Oct 2018