Stratton Pond Trail is a hiking trail in Stratton, Vermont. It is within Green Mountain National Forest. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 2,348 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 903 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Stratton Pond Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The wide, sparkling waters of this remote pond greet you after an easy walk through gently rolling woods."
--Jennifer Lamphere Roberts, Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"This is a gentle ski tour on the Catamount Trail to the beautiful and tranquil Stratton Pond, located in the Green Mountain National Forest."
--David Goodman, Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"A classic day hike to ﬁre tower views and waterfront walks on a wild pond’s shore;
lean-tos and tent platforms offer overnight options."
--Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour), Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"A long day hike or overnight backpacking trip over the tallest peak in southern Vermont and by the largest body of water on the Long Trail. Historic fire tower on summit of Stratton with sweeping 360-degree view. The Stratton Mountain–Stratton Pond Loop is one of Vermont’s classic hiking routes. While it is lengthy mileage-wise as a day hike, the footing is generally good and the elevation gain reasonable for the distance. However, if you have the time, it’s worth planning a night by Stratton Pond either in the shelter or at one of the tent sites. The 46-acre pond is like a small lake and an endless source of backcountry entertainment. You can explore the entire circumference, take a dip, go fishing for brook trout or bullhead, or simply relax by your tent as you listen to the waves gently lap the shoreline."
--Lisa Densmore, Hiking the Green Mountains (Falcon Guides).
"Stratton Mountain has three claims to fame. It is the tallest peak in southern Vermont, and the ideas for both the Long Trail (LT) and the Appalachian Trail (AT) originated here. In 1909 James Taylor envisioned a “long trail” that would link the main peaks of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border. Twelve years later, Benton MacKaye expanded the idea to encompass the entire Appalachian Mountain chain from Georgia to Maine."
--Lisa Densmore, Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books).
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