Grout Pond Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."