Gile Mountain

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Gile Mountain
Highest point
Elevation1,873 ft (571 m) NAVD 88[1]
Coordinates43°47′20.5″N 72°21′05.5″W / 43.789028°N 72.351528°W / 43.789028; -72.351528Coordinates: 43°47′20.5″N 72°21′05.5″W / 43.789028°N 72.351528°W / 43.789028; -72.351528[1]
LocationWindsor County, Vermont, U.S.
Topo mapUSGS South Strafford
Easiest routeHike
A view of Vermont's autumn foliage from the Gile Mountain fire tower

Gile Mountain in Windsor County, Vermont, sits along the border between the towns of Norwich and Sharon; its summit is in Norwich. The mountain reaches a height of 1,873 ft (571 m) above sea level. Relatively unimposing considering its height, the true summit cannot easily be seen from the surrounding territory, despite the prominent fire tower atop its summit. The tower is easily reached by taking Turnpike Road from Norwich to the parking area near its terminus. From there, the Gile Mountain trail leads west 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to the summit, passing under power lines. The summit area contains an old ranger cabin, since converted to a shelter-type structure (though camping is not allowed), and the tower itself. From the top views are expansive, and on a clear day one can see Mount Ascutney to the south, the Green Mountains from Killington Peak to Mount Mansfield to the west, Mount Cardigan, Smarts Mountain, and to the east, and and Mount Moosilauke to the northeast with many of the White Mountains beyond. Dartmouth College is also visible, about 7 miles (11 km) distant.


Gile Mountain is the type locality for the Devonian Gile Mountain Formation—interbedded quartzite and schist—which can be seen throughout northeastern Vermont.


  1. ^ a b "Gile 1874". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  • — (2003). Vermont Atlas and Gazetteer (12th ed.). Delorme. ISBN 0-89933-322-2.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  • Fisher, George; Karabinos, Paul (1980). Stratigraphic sequence of the Gile Mountain and Waits River Formations near Royalton, Vermont. Geological Society of American Bulletin, Part I , V. 91, p282-286.
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