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

Ogle fiery color in the Green Mountains.
northeastrc vermont 445x260Vermont's Green Mountains (Tim Seaver)

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 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

Trip Id 542149

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