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, AuthenticOutdoors.com
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- Distance: 39.8
Location: 43.061456, -72.986664
Optional Stratton Mountain Bypass: On gnarly weather days, the exposed summit of Stratton Mountain can be bypassed by this 3.5-mile route that picks up at the intersection of USFS-71 and Stratton-Arlington Road. The bypass route rejoins the Long Trail at Stratton Pond.
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.
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Cross a jeep road. Ahead, the climb up Stratton Mountain increases in pitch, gaining approximately 1,300 feet in the next 2.1 miles.
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Stratton Mountain (3,936 ft.): A summit firetower offers great Green Mountain views. Continue downhill, heading northwest from the summit.
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.
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.
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Continue to the right at Stratton Pond. Tenting areas are available to the left and right here.
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Go right on the Long Trail, heading away from the pond.
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Cross a bridge over the Winhall River.
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After passing the turnoff for the William B. Douglas shelter, cross a bridge over Bourn Brook. Shortly ahead the trail joins a forest road.
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The Long Trail turns off the road here heading northeast, passing Prospect Rock (and a great view point) on the left–and the only trash can on the entire Long Trail!
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The trail to Spruce Peak shelter shoots off to the left towards a fully enclosed shelter with wood burning stove in center, large sleeping lofts, a dining area and front porch.
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A detour trail leads to Spruce Peak; the white-blazed Long Trail/AT continues northeast.
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Head northeast towards VT-30/11,
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The LT crosses VT-11/30 and continues from the parking lot on the far side of the road.
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Cross Bromley Brook; shortly ahead, the trail also crosses a jeep road.
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Turn right for the Bromley Shelter, or continue up towards the Bromley Mountain Summit. Shortly ahead you’ll pass a broad viewpoint; the final approach to the summit is up a cleared ski trail.
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Bromley Mountain: From the top of the ski area, the Long Trail heads north down a steep and rocky descent.
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Section 3 ends at Mad Tom Notch Road (near Mad Tom Notch). There is a water pump here and a grassy area that would make for a nice spot to camp.
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Crossing Bourn Brook
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Prospect Rock View
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The AT/LT Continues
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A Trail on a Trail
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The Long Trail cuts through a ski trail on the route up to Bromley Mountain.
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The initial descent from Bromley Mountain is steep and rocky.