Appalachian Trail: Stratton Mountain & Stratton Pond

Stratton Village Vermont Hikes

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The AT/LT section between Arlington and Manchester offers a host of possibilities for both day hikers and backpackers, with two gems in the middle: Stratton Mountain and Stratton Pond. It's a good trip in either direction. An historical note: A short distance east of the AT/LT parking lot on Arlington - West Wardsboro Road is the Daniel Webster Monument, marking the spot where in 1840 the great orator (at this point US Senator from New Hampshire) spoke to a crowd of 1600 at a Whig (conservative) Party rally. The issues: business (protective tariffs) and ethics (slavery).
Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in Southern New England

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Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in Southern New England

by David Emblidge (Stackpole Books)

The AT/LT section between Arlington and Manchester offers a host of possibilities for both day hikers and backpackers, with two gems in the middle: Stratton Mountain and Stratton Pond. It's a good trip in either direction. An historical note: A short distance east of the AT/LT parking lot on Arlington - West Wardsboro Road is the Daniel Webster Monument, marking the spot where in 1840 the great orator (at this point US Senator from New Hampshire) spoke to a crowd of 1600 at a Whig (conservative) Party rally. The issues: business (protective tariffs) and ethics (slavery).

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stratton Village
Length: 17.5
Elevation Gain: 1,706 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Strenuous
Duration: 10 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 2,230 feet
Top Elevation: 3,936 feet
Local Contacts: Appalachian Mountain Club, 617-523-0636
Local Maps: ATC NH & VT #7; GMC #4 & #5
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Recent Trail Reviews

11/1/2007

We're a Scout Troop from southern Mass. Our first winter backpacking trek, going north along the AT/LT over Mt. Stratton, down the other side to the Stratton Pond Shelter. It was cold 0-5 with 20 mph winds, and around 6" of snow at the shelter 1'+ at the summit. Bring good sleeping pads, the bunks plywood sheets. The sun went down at 5:30pm and didn't come up for around 12 hours. It made for a long night. But the trails were well marked, tough at times, and easy at other times. A great first winter hike.

8/15/2002

We followed the Statton Pond trail rather that the Stratton Mountain trail because we had 2 beginners with us. Stratton Pond trail is very level, easy walking, with puncheons over all the wet spots. While I found the trail itself somewhat boring, the pond (a small lake in my opinion) was great. Clear cool water, great tenting spaces, and a very amiable caretaker made it a great trip. The shelter was also quite nice, although we didn't sleep there. Plan to spend some time swimming and fishing in the pond, and just generally lounging around with your feet in the water. The caretaker said the springs were not up to par because of the lack of rain, but I found them to be quite adequate (I filtered and chlorinated it). Everyone we spoke to said the Stratton Mountain trail was very nice, but moderately challenging, and either going out via the mountain trail and returning via the pond trail or vice versa would make a nice 2 day loop with the pond trail day being short (perhaps a good Friday evening hike with Sat. on the mountain trail?). My beginners just weren't up to tackling the mountain.

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