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Long Trail (Section 03): Stratton-Arlington Road to Mad Tom Notch

A pair of 1,300-foot ascents bookend this 25-mile stretch of Vermont’s Long Trail. In addition to Stratton and Bromley Mountains, this route also samples numerous forested brooks and Green Mountain vistas.

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This third section of Vermont’s Long Trail (which is blazed white and shares a tread with the Appalachian Trail on this route) begins in earnest with a 1,300 foot climb up Stratton Mountain. In adverse weather, a 3.5-mile bypass trail starts just down the road from the LT’s juncture with Stratton-Arlington Road.
After enjoying a grand view at a fire tower overlook at the summit, then descend northwest toward the Stratton Pond shelter (and tent camping areas) near the aforementioned pond. Further on, the Long Trail crosses the Winhall River and Bourn Brook on manmade bridges before skirting past outstanding Green Mountain vistas at Prospect Rock and Spruce Peak.
After a short descent to VT 11 (another main road access point for the LT), continue northwest on the final climb of the day up Bromley Mountain. After passing the Bromley shelter, the route picks up a ski trail on the backside of Bromley Ski Resort for the final approach to the top. Pick your way down a steep and rocky path on the high slopes of Bromley before tracing the ridge spine down to the end of the section at Mad Tom Notch.

Shelters: Stratton Pond, William B. Douglas, Spruce Peak, Bromley

-Mapped by Berne Broudy,
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To Trailhead

Start: From Wardsboro, go S on VT 100. Turn R onto Stratton-Arlington Rd. and go 6.9 mi. to trailhead. End: From Londonberry, go W on VT-11 for 4.1 mi and turn R on Lovers Ln. In 1 mi, R on Hapgood Pond Rd, and then bear L on North Rd. In .8 mi, L on Mad Tom Notch Rd. and go 2.1 mi to parking on L.

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