The Long Trail to Stratton Mountain

HARD 20 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
1761 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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.

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.

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Beautiful trail, very windy at the top but great views

10 months ago

11 months ago

Great hike, but since it was severely windy we did not brave the fire tower.

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

Great hike. Rocky terrain and tough on my flat feet but that's my problem.

hiking
Friday, May 13, 2016

Awesome hike, views from the firetower are unbelievable!

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Some area are muddy but overall the trail is well maintained.

hiking
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 08, 2013

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.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2011

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.