Stratton Pond Trail

Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

Elevation Gain903ft
Trailhead Elevation2,348ft
Elevation Min/Max2348/2718ft
Elevation Start/End2348/2348ft

Stratton Pond Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Catamount Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Lamphere Roberts
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"The wide, sparkling waters of this remote pond greet you after an easy walk through gently rolling woods."
Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
David Goodman
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"This is a gentle ski tour on the Catamount Trail to the beautiful and tranquil Stratton Pond, located in the Green Mountain National Forest."
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)
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"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."
"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."
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books)
Lisa Densmore
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"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."

Stratton Pond Trail Trip Reports

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Overall, this is an excellent trail and hike. We did it as an overnight staying at the Shelter at Stratton Pond. Pretty easy hike going up Stratton mountain, easier than expected for a 4,000 ft peak. Excellent view from atop the fire tower!!! Also, some nice views south on the way to the summitt. Statton pond is pretty big with a lot to do in the area. The hike out on day 2, 3.7 miles, was relatively flat with mild ups and downs, In the end - I would do it again, maybe in warmer weather than November!!
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I'm a beginner hiker and this was the first mountain I have climbed. It's a beautiful hike especially through the glades. Be sure to stop by Stratton Pond for a beautiful view.

The Fire Tower is the best... but would highly recommend when doing it during a warmer season. It's a little treacherous climbing up the stairs frozen with a bit of ice.

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Trail Information

Green Mountain National Forest
Nearby City
Green Mountain National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Manchester Ranger District, 2538 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255; (802) 362-2307
Local Contacts
USGS Stratton Mountain Quad
Local Maps

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