Summary: This hike starts off with a gradual grade that has areas of mud. The hike towards the summit is a moderate grade. There is a fire tower at the top of the mountain for 360 degree views. From here we descend another 3.5 miles to Stratton Pond. Here you can see loons and take a swim. The hike out on the Stratton Pond trail is flat with areas of mud and it is approximately 3.7 miles to the road, then another 0.9 miles to the parking area.
Trailhead: Western approach: From Rte. 7 south TAKE EXIT 3-to a Stop Sign. Turn RIGHT at end of ramp onto VT 313. Drive 0.1 mi. Turn RIGHT onto SOUTH ROAD. Drive 0.6 mi Turn RIGHT onto KANSAS ROAD. Drive 0.7 mi. Turn RIGHT after bridge onto KELLY STAND ROAD (a/k/a Stratton-Arlington Rd). Drive 10.8 mi. Turn LEFT into parking lot at Long Trail crossing, just after bridge over E. Deerfield River.
Eastern approach: From Rte. 100 in West Wardsboro follow the Stratton - Arlington Road 6.8 miles to the Long Trail Parking area. (Lat:43.05685 Lon:-72.93778)
Trail Guides for Stratton Pond Loop Hike:
Long Trail Guide
by The Green Mountain Club (Northlight Studio Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Manchester Ranger District (802) 362-2307
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by John Predom, who has posted 8 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Mike on 8/11/2009
Hoofed it in 5 hours with breaks. Not for families unless your just looking to go to the fire tower and back down. Even thats tough. Pond was horribly windy and not all that interesting, but the tower and the random vistas throughout the trail gave amazing views of the valley. Great hike.
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