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).
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!!
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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