Prospect Rock Trail
Green Mountain National Forest
Caring for the Land and Serving People
Length: 3.5 miles round trip
Max elevation change: 1000 feet
USGS maps: Manchester Quad
Amount of use: Heavy
Hiking level: Moderate
Average hike time: 2 – 3 hours round trip
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
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
Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests
231 North Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 747-6700 Phone (802) 747-6766 FAX Website: www.fs.usda.gov/greenmountain
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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