Spruce Peak via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail)

MODERATE 5 reviews

Spruce Peak via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail) is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bondville, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until November.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1994 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail to Spruce Peak is long but mellow most of the way. There is not much rapid vertical gain. Eventually you will reach the spilt of to the summit of Spruce Peak from the Long Trail. There is a lot of boulders stacked up. This makes a good spot for lunch. A short steep climb will bring you to the summit. There is a cliff with a great view of the town below.

4 months ago

Beautiful woodsy terrain, lots of spring flowers. April was a bit early- very wet but worth it. Watch for the trail at the VAST turnoff, you will get sidetracked.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rather boring trail with lots of ups and downs. Might be better in late spring but August brought few flowers or fungi. Lots of mud and lots of hikers moving quickly to other points. Not much in the way of views.

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Spruce Peak is found on a spur off of the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail about two miles south of the VAST trail access parking lot on state road 30/11, about 5 miles east of Manchester Vermont.

The Long Trail/AT is easy to follow as the trail is well worn and well marked with white blazes. There are several streams on the path that were all easy to cross but might be more difficult after a heavy rain.

The trail spur to Spruce Peak is marked only with a small wooden sign that is facing south towards hikers travelling north. If you started in the trail parking lot on 30/11 and are travelling south then it is very easy to miss the sign. The trail itself to Spruce Peak becomes less obvious once you approach the rocks but you can always just make your own path to the top of the rocks. The view is not as great as it used to be, at least in the summer, because the trees branches block a lot of the view.

Be aware that the trail head is across the street from the parking lot so you will have to cross over state road 30/11, which is a fairly busy four lane road, without a crosswalk or traffic light. This could be challenging with children.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015