Mount Ephraim is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springfield, Vermont that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Mount Ephraim is the highest peak in Springfield, and is accessible from several directions on Class 4 roads and trails that are open to the public through the generosity of private property owners. Jordon Road: Park at the Stellafane observatory, or at the parking area at the end of the maintained portion of Jordon Road. Walk strait on the Jordon Road for about .5 mile, until you see a wetland to the left and small pond to the right. The trail starts to go uphill, and soon the Class 4 road coming from Dutton District will be apparent on the left. Go straight on the Jordon road (most obvious trail several logging roads bear off this road, generally to the right). The left turn heading uphill to the top of Mount Ephraim will appear just beyond a run-down blue and green shack on the right. The trail takes several twists and turns, before generally following a stone wall on the right as it heads to the top of the ridge. At the top, turn right through a break in the stone wall to head to the top of the mountain. The trail on the left is also open to the public thanks to the current property owner, who does a fabulous job of maintaining many trails around his property, as well as providing benches and a picnic table for taking in the views along the way
So I parked at the dirt turnaround opposite the Stelafane Observatory, walked roughly a mile to where the Jordan road breaks right/straight, but we bore left through a gate with a public access sign on it. After another half a mile I came to the property of the local landowner that cordially invited us to start up the ridge via a trail on his property that ran between several firewood piles and up a short incline to a vista where the landowner had placed a few benches. From the we walked another half a mile up the ridge to its south end, another open, rocky vista where I believe the views were better. Found a nice large cairn here, according to the landowner, it has been there for several decades. This was a gentle hike, more of a walk. The views are marginal but the property and trail that winds through it are very picturesque.