The Long Trail to Stratton Mountain

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The Long Trail to Stratton Mountain is a 6.6 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.

6.6 miles
1,742 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




old growth


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

4 months ago

Lovely trail that meanders up the mountains through various wooded habitats. We hiked on snow pack for most of the way. The low portion of the trail was muddy at times and portions of the trail where turned into creeks with the snow melt. Once we summited the mountain the temperature changed and the wind picked up. The summit was covered in a dense cold fog that left ice crystals on the trees and fire tower. We climbed the tower and enjoyed the limited icy view. It was spectacular even though we couldn't see far. The hiking down was the easiest part, the snow cushioned each step. I highly recommend hiking this trail in the winter. The views up the mountains through the trees are stunning. If there is snow wear snowshoes or high boots and dress for extreme temperature changes. This took us about 4 hours to complete, the snow will slow you down. Great hike, I would love to do it again but in the fall!

9 months ago

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

trail running
10 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 :)

11 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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Beautiful trail, very windy at the top but great views

Friday, June 10, 2016

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

Friday, May 27, 2016

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

Friday, May 13, 2016

Awesome hike, views from the firetower are unbelievable!

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.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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