Stratton Mountain Trail
This section of the Appalachian/Long Trail, marked with white blazes, travels to the summit of Stratton Mountain. Vista openings along the trail offer beautiful views of Somerset Reservoir to the south. At the summit of Stratton Mountain, you may climb a recently renovated 70 ft. fire tower that was originally erected by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. The tower offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Green Mountain range and the Taconic Mountains to the west.
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||No horses, mountain bikes or motorized vehicles There is no camping at the summit due to the volume of visitors and the sensitive alpine ecosystem. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.|
|Closest Towns:||Food and Services: Arlington or West Wardsboro For all Emergencies: 911; 911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Stratton, off Stratton-Arlington Road. #1376 Stratton-Arlington Road|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
From Route 7 in Arlington, take the Arlington exit and turn west on Rte 313 at the end of the exit ramp. Take the first right onto South Rd. and follow to the end. Turn right onto Kansas Road and follow over Rte 7 and over a one-lane bridge. After the bridge turn right and travel east on the Kelley Stand Road for about 9.6 miles.
From Route 100 in West Wardsboro, travel west on the Stratton-Arlington Road (aka: Kelley Stand Road) for about 7 miles;-The parking area is at the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail crossing on the north side of the road.
The trail begins a gradual ascent from the parking area through a mixed hard/softwood forest. At 1.4 miles the trail crosses Forest Road 341, and begins the steeper climb up the mountain. The trail flattens out for a little while following a ridgeline, then climbs again using switchbacks.
A Green Mountain Club caretaker is stationed at the summit during summer and fall months, to assist hikers and help preserve the natural area.
Day HikingHiking Trail - Average hike time: 5- 6 hours round trip Length: 7.6 miles round trip
|Elevation desc||Max elevation change: 1730 feet|
|Difficulty Level:||Intermediate to Difficult|