Stratton Pond and Stratton Mountain is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Wardsboro, VT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Stratton Mountain, Fire tower, Stratton Pond This hike starts off with a gradual grade that has areas of mud. The hike towards the summit is a moderate grade. There is a fire tower at the top of the mountain for 360 degree views. From here we descend another 3.5 miles to Stratton Pond. Here you can see loons and take a swim. The hike out on the Stratton Pond trail is flat with areas of mud and it is approximately 3.7 miles to the road, then another 0.9 miles to the parking area.
I love this loop, it's a great run with fantastic views!
Gorgeous woodland trail and with the peak makes for a full, rewarding day. There isn't much to see at the peak if you don't climb the tower, and on a summer Saturday there was a line because of people coming up the ski lift. Not a big deal, though.
Stratton Pond is beautiful. Plan on a dip in the water if you're there late enough in the season. Finally, just for flow and day/time management, I'd recommend doing the loop peak first. That way the hard part is done and you can linger at the pond as long as you like. The hike out from the pond is pretty flat.
It is a very Vermont trail as parts are from the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail
The first 3'7 miles are right up to the Stratton Mountain Fire Tower then 3'2 to Stratton Pond and then 3'7 home to the original car park
Plan on at least 5 hours depending on the start up Stratton