Readers' Choice Northeast Hikes: Vermont's Green Mountains Foliage

Ogle fiery color in the Green Mountains.
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Ogle fiery color in the Green Mountains.

Stratton Mountain puts on an unreal show for leaf peepers. “It’s explosive,” raves Mike Fox. “The summit view is like watching a fireworks display from above.” From the trailhead at the end of Arlington-Stratton Road, 20 miles from Manchester, head north on the Long Trail. The route ascends Stratton’s southern slope for 3.4 miles, beneath a canopy of paper birch (yellows), beech (oranges), and maple (reds), before reaching the 3,936-foot summit and its 55-foot-high fire tower. Continue on the LT 2.6 miles to Stratton Pond. Camp here or link to the Stratton Pond Trail for a 3.9-mile cruise back to the road. Turn left and go 1.1 mile to your car.

PLAN IT

Drive From West Wardsboro, take Arlington-Stratton Rd. (becomes Kelly Strand Rd.) for 7.1 miles to the trailhead.

Map and GuideVermont’s Long Trail ($10, greenmountainclub.org); Hiking Vermont, by Larry Plechter ($16, falcon.com)

Contact (802) 362-2307, fs.fed.us/r9/forests/greenmountain

Trip Id 542149