Prospect Rock Trail

  • Prospect Rock Trail Map


Green Mountain National Forest

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Trail Facts:


Length: 3.5 miles round trip

Feature:  View

Max elevation change:  1000 feet

USGS maps: Manchester Quad

Amount of use: Heavy

Hiking 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 visiblePlease 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

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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