Spruce Peak Trail

Spruce Peak Trail

This section of the Appalachian/Long Trail (AT/LT) winds south from the AT/LT Trailhead located on Routes 11/30 in Winhall. The trail passes through  hardwood forest and through large boulders and crosses numerous streams. Winding along a ridge with gradual ups and downs, the trail eventually crosses Old Vermont 30. This old stage road once connected Manchester, Bondville and Peru. 

A 300' spur off of the AT/LT summits at Spruce Peak and offers a framed vista of the northern Manchester valley and a limited section of the Taconic Mountains. 

The Spruce Peak Shelter, a rustic cabin that sleeps sixteen, is another 0.4 miles south of the peak. The Spruce Peak Shelter is one of the few 4-sided enclosed log shelters on the Appalachian and Long Trails in Vermont. Inside this shelter is a woodstove and sleeping space for sixteen people. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.

Trail Information

  • 2.4 miles one-way to Spruce Peak Spur trail and peak (to vista)
  • 4.8 miles round trip, with average hike time 2-3 hours 
  • 2.9 miles one-way to Spruce Peak Shelter
  • 750’ elevation change to Spruce Peak Shelter

Additional Resources

Spruce Peak Trail Brocure and Map

At a Glance

Reservations: Spruce Peak Shelter is non-reservable and often shared on a first come, first serve basis. 
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicle
Closest Towns: Ammenities: Manchester Center. 911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Winhall, off Rte 11/30.  
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Manchester Ranger District

General Information


From Route 7 in Manchester: Take Route 11/30 east for approximately 5 miles to the Appalachian/Long Trailhead located on the north (left) side of the road.

From the intersections of Routes 11 and 30: The trailhead is 1/2 mile west on Route 11/30. The parking area is located on the north (right) side of the road.

Use caution when crossing Route 11/30, traffic moves at high speeds.


Day Hiking

Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2-3 hours round trip Length: 4.8 miles round trip
Elevation desc Max elevation change: 590 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Trail Partners on the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests