Spruce Mountain Fire Tower
US 86, VT 2
October 2016 photo

October 2016 photo - courtesy of Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 86, VT 2 (view other lookouts in United States, Vermont)
Date Registered June 1, 1994
Nominated by Mark Haughwout, New Hampshire Director, FFLA
Location Plainfield
Washington County, Vermont
Coordinates N 44° 14.056' W 072° 21.289' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 14' 03" W 072° 21' 17"
N 44.234265° W 072.354812°
Elevation 2,947 ft (898 m)
Administered by Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation
Cooperators Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation


Three generations of fire lookouts have stood atop Vermont's Spruce Mountain. The first, an open platform with legs integral with the four corners of the ground cabin, was constructed in 1919. It was replaced in 1931 by a taller spruce log tower with a 7'x7' wooden cab. In 1943 the current steel tower with 7'x7' metal cab was moved from Bellevue Hill to Spruce Mountain where it stands today. No longer used for fire detection, the tower is now maintained by the Vermont State Parks Division.


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Visit Reports

October 16, 2016: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The tower is in great condition. The steps are in fine shape, and the only possible danger is that in the cab, the wall south of the stairs is pulled away from the cab floor. However, this is not a major problem and would be easy to fix. The footings from a previous tower can be found on the right of the current tower, and the foundation of the watchman's cabin can also be found on the summit.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The trailhead is well-marked.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No