Manchester, VT: Stratton Pond via the Long Trail

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, a member of Backpacker's regional panel. "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.
MAP AND GUIDE: Vermont's Long Trail ($10, greenmountainclub.org); Hiking Vermont, by Larry Plechter ($16, falcon.com)
CONTACT: (802) 362-2307, fs.fed.us/r9/forests/greenmountain
-Mapped by Berne Broudy, AuthenticOutdoors.com

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.2

Waypoints

STR001

Location: 43.061165, -72.968582

At its crossing on Stratton-Arlington Road, the Long Trail (also the AT) heads east from the Branch Deerfield River, then departs back into the woods from the far end of the parking lot.

STR002

Location: 43.068466, -72.949165

Cross a jeep road. Ahead, the climb up Stratton Mountain increases in pitch, gaining approximately 1,300 feet in the next 2.1 miles.

STR003

Location: 43.085934, -72.924896

Stratton Mountain (3,936 ft.): A summit firetower offers great Green Mountain views. Continue downhill, heading northwest from the summit.

STR004

Location: 43.099983, -72.946182

Shortly after a spring, cross a jeep road to continue west towards Stratton Pond. Ahead the trail meets a small river.

STR005

Location: 43.102001, -72.96405

Turn right to continue north along Stratton Pond on the Long Trail. This junction also leads to the Stratton Pond Shelter. A tenting area is available here via the North Shore Trail.

STR006

Location: 43.103286, -72.964668

Continue to the right at Stratton Pond. Tenting areas are available to the left and right here. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.

Stratton Pond

Location: 43.103302, -72.964529