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Prospect Rock Trail

Prospect Rock Trail

Green Mountain National Forest

Caring for the Land and Serving People

Trail Facts

Length: 3.5 miles round tripFeature:  View
Max elevation change:  1000 feetUSGS maps: Manchester Quad
Amount of use: HeavyHiking level: Moderate
Average hike time: 2 – 3 hours round trip 

Trail Description:

The trail, blazed with blue, follows the old Rootville Road up along the Downer Glen Ravine.  After passing

the Forest boundary, the trail gets steeper and crisscrosses several mountain streams.  At 0.8 miles the trail leaves the brook at an old spring.  The trail then meets up with the Appalachian/Long Trail at about 1.7 miles (same road).  Just past the junction, a spur trail on the right leads 200 feet west to Prospect Rock.  The summit has a fine view of the Manchester Valley.  To the west is the prominent Mount Equinox, the tallest mountain in the Taconic Range.  The lesser peaks of Little Equinox, just south of Mount Equinox, and Mother Myrick Mountain to the northwest are also visible.  Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in. Trail blazing, maintenance, and signage will be minimal in Wilderness Areas.


From Route 7 in Manchester, travel about a ¼ mile east on Route 11/30 to East Manchester Road.  Turn

right onto East Manchester Rd. then immediately left onto Rootville Road.  Follow Rootville Rd. for about a mile.  Limited parking is found at the trail head beyond the last residence (road condition worsens) and

some limited lower parking is available below the water tank; please obey all parking signs.

Nearby Destinations or Attractions:

•     Manchester Ranger Station

•     Spruce Peak

Area Services:

Food and Services: Manchester

For all Emergencies: Call 911

911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Manchester, 600 Rootville Road.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Forest Service

Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests

231 North Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701

(802) 747-6700 Phone                                           (802) 747-6766 FAX Website:

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Recreational Opportunity Guide                                                       Prospect Rock Trail

For More Information:

Manchester Ranger District, 2538 Depot St. (Rte 11130), Manchester Center, VT  05255, (802) 362-2307

This Recreation Guide is Available  in Large Print at Forest Service Information Centers

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