It was here at the Stratton Summit that James P. Taylor, in 1909, envisioned the idea of a hiking trail ranging the length of Vermont, known as the Long Trail. It is also where Benton Mackaye, in 1921, fathered the idea for the Appalachian Trail which spans from Maine to Georgia.
Stratton Trail: The route begins at the parking area off of Kelly Stand Road in the town of Stratton. It makes a gradual ascent from the parking area through a mixed hard/softwood forest. After about 1.4 miles it begins a steeper climb up the mountain. The trail flattens out along the ridgeline, then climbs again using switchbacks. At the summit of Stratton climb the Fire Tower that offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Green Mountain Range.
Two Day Overnight Loop:
Follow the route of the Stratton Trail and continue to the Stratton Pond where there is a tenting area and a shelter. Carry forward out of the Pond Trail to the Stratton-Arlington Road and turn left proceeding back to the parking lot.
Length: 11.7 mile loop
Hiking Level: Moderate-Difficult
*Tent sites and a shelter are available at the pond, on a first come first serve basis. There is a $6 per person/night fee paid to the Green Mountain Club Caretaker.
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