The Long Trail to Stratton Mountain is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Wardsboro, VT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Arlington and West Wardsboro, VT: About midway between these two towns along Forest Highway 6 is trailhead parking.
Just hiked Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor, Arcadia National Park, so my opinion is somewhat bias. We hiked from Kelly Stand Rd lot up to the tower, then across to Stratton pond, and finally finished the loop that dumped us back onto Kelly Stand Rd., about 1 mile away from where we parked. The last mile was on Kelly Stand Road. About 13 miles total, and not worth a 6-7 hour hike. Limited views and you are always below the tree line. I have hiked long distance before, but the summits made them worthwhile. This one does not. Next time I will take a few hours and go up to the tower, then back down thes, same trail. Oh and if you've never hiked Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor ME, I would recommend it highly. Incredible views!
Pretty gentle ascent to a firetower with awesome views of Southern, VT. continuing on you can visit the ski resort and then descend to Stratton pond and make a 13-14 mile loop!
The hike itself is great. However the only view at the top (not the summit of the ski area) is climbing the tower. That was disappointing. However the way to it beautiful.
I loved this trail. The first 1.4 miles are really nice, rolling along, but do not let that beginning fool you. After you cross the IP road it's uphill, 1,000 feet in 1.8 miles and the last 30 minutes are rocky switchbacks. Hang in there because the difficulty is worth the view when get to the fire tower. 3,940 plus the 55' tower. This is the birthplace for the idea of the Appalachian trail and The Long Trail. Great view and an iconic piece of hiking history.
Beautiful trail, very windy at the top but great views
Great hike, but since it was severely windy we did not brave the fire tower.
Great hike. Rocky terrain and tough on my flat feet but that's my problem.
Awesome hike, views from the firetower are unbelievable!
Great hike, busy trail, beautiful day. The only downside to the trail were the white markers, occasionally they were lost in the bare forests. Blended in a little too well and got turned around a bit.
Some area are muddy but overall the trail is well maintained.
An easy trail that has a slow and steady incline all the way to the top which has a nice lookout tower that you can go up.
Pretty average trail on a well maintained trail through the forest. The actual trail wouldn't merit a ranking above 3 stars but if you make it to the end you'll reach your rewards. There's a fire tower you can climb up that gives you an amazing view of the entire area.
Cool trail with much variety of roads and slopes. Good day hike. Green Mountain Club volunteers stay at the 3.6 mile mark May - Oct. Very well-maintained trail.