The Long Trail to Stratton Mountain

HARD 31 reviews

The Long Trail to Stratton Mountain is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Wardsboro, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1729 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

Directions from Arlington and West Wardsboro, VT: About midway between these two towns along Forest Highway 6 is trailhead parking.

backpacking
1 month ago

Nice wooded trail, took this as part of a 2 night hike on the long trail starting here. Fire tower is a must.

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
2 months ago

wouldn't call it difficult but it's a beautiful trail with a gentle climb and a great view from the firetower. plus the added sentimentality since it is the birthplace of both the Long Trail and the AT :)

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

One of my favorite sections of The Long Trail. The trail climbs steadily through a open alpine forest. The trees are covered in blueish-green lichen and moss making for a beautiful hike. There is fire tower at the top with an amazing 360 degree view. There is also a great clearing to eat lunch. North Stratton (the ski area) is 0.7 miles from this point. All in all, this is a wonderful trail weather you are backpacking or day hiking.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Don't forget bug spray!! Very muddy/ buggy the whole way up. Below the tree line until you get to the fire tower. The views from the fire tower are truly beautiful.

I went on last weekend of winter and the hiking was very demanding but enjoyable. The tower offers the great view the trees don't allow to enjoy.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

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!

trail running
Thursday, September 08, 2016

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!

Friday, August 19, 2016

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.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

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.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016