Grout Pond Loop Trail

Stratton, Vermont

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The loop around Grout Pond is like a pizza with your favorite top-pings. Throw in a tiny slice of Vermont’s state-long cross-country trail, add a handful of small rolling dips, toss in views of alpine slopes, sprinkle on some pristine pond vistas, and shake on a dab or two of warmth at a trailside cabin and shelter, and you’ve got a tasty adventure. The Grout Pond Recreation Area south of Stratton Mountain has about 12 miles of interconnected trails in the Green Mountain National Forest. The network offers many opportunities for skiers and snowshoers along the easy and more difficult well-marked trails that circumnavigate the pond and lead to the shores of Somerset Reservoir. A small portion of the loop utilizes the Catamount Ski Trail, a 300-mile-long trail that runs from the Massachusetts border to Canada, roughly paralleling the Long Trail. Long Trail is maintained by the Catamount Trail Association, founded in 1985. Surface quality: Ungroomed, but portions groomed by snowmobilers and skier tracked.
Winter Trails: Vermont & New Hampshire

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Winter Trails: Vermont & New Hampshire

by Marty Basch (Falcon Guides)

The loop around Grout Pond is like a pizza with your favorite top-pings. Throw in a tiny slice of Vermont’s state-long cross-country trail, add a handful of small rolling dips, toss in views of alpine slopes, sprinkle on some pristine pond vistas, and shake on a dab or two of warmth at a trailside cabin and shelter, and you’ve got a tasty adventure. The Grout Pond Recreation Area south of Stratton Mountain has about 12 miles of interconnected trails in the Green Mountain National Forest.

The network offers many opportunities for skiers and snowshoers along the easy and more difficult well-marked trails that circumnavigate the pond and lead to the shores of Somerset Reservoir. A small portion of the loop utilizes the Catamount Ski Trail, a 300-mile-long trail that runs from the Massachusetts border to Canada, roughly paralleling the Long Trail. Long Trail is maintained by the Catamount Trail Association, founded in 1985. Surface quality: Ungroomed, but portions groomed by snowmobilers and skier tracked.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Stratton
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Trailhead Elevation: 710 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Local Contacts: Manchester Ranger District of the Green Mountain National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Grout Pond Loop Trail

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