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Peaks
Peaks Stratton Mountain, Stratton Pond, VT
Trails
Trails: Stratton Mountain Trail, Long Trail, Lye Brook Trail, Stratton Pond Trail, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 10 cars in Stratton Mountain Trailhead parking lot at 6:20 a.m. 40+ cars when we got back. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All very easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in great shape. Great job whoever cleared those massive blowdowns! Tons of helpful bog bridges on Stratton Pond Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs. But we saw a porcupine! 
Bugs
Bugs: None! Ha! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Please don't leave trash and toilet paper in the woods. 
 
Comments
Comments: What a fantastic hike!

Started nice n' early just as the sun was coming up. Almost dark enough for headlamps. We were surprised to find the ascent of this "almost 4000 footer" not too difficult. Not really any steep sections and pretty good footing especially for the LT/AT. The view on the section of trail between the Little Stratton-Stratton Mountain col and the summit was pretty narrow and restricted. Never mind that however, because the summit views from the top of the 40' fire tower were fantastic! We even got to see some nice undercast in the valley.

The trail leading down to Stratton Pond goes through dark spruce at the top and then runs through very pleasant (especially at this time of year) hardwood forests lower down. When we got to the pond (which is incredibly beautiful), we found out that the North Shore Trail is closed. Therefore, you now cannot make a complete loop around the pond. So we just did an out and back to the outlet of the pond on the Lye Brook Trail on which the first part has been relocated away from the shore of the pond. I definitely would recommend visiting the outlet because from the bog bridges there there are great views of the pond and the mountain.

From there is was a kind of monotonous, but still really pretty and pleasant hike down the gentle Stratton Pond Trail to the road, on which we walked 1 mile back to our car.  
Name
Name: Summit Seeker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: runtowin78@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-26 
Link
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