Windham County Highpoint Trip Report

Stratton Mtn (3,936 ft)

Date: August 18, 2004
Author: Brennan Connelly

All of the previous reports that I have seen for this CoHP involved taking the gondola at the Stratton Mountain Resort and then traversing from North Stratton Mountain. to the HP. I, instead, elected to utilize the Long Trail from Stratton-Arlington Road. The trailhead is reached by taking Stratton-Arlington Road 6.9 miles from the center of West Wardsboro on VT100. Trailhead parking is on the north side of the road shortly after the Grout Pond turnoff on the south.

The combined Long Trail - Appalachian Trail winds its way 3.8 miles north to the summit from here without any real drama. The tower on the summit provides a decent view from this otherwise forested peak. The BM is located to the left of the tower if you are facing the trail register.

In the winter months, the Stratton-Arlington Road is plowed to within about 1 mile of the trailhead from the Stratton side. I am unsure as to the situation if approaching from the west.

This is a quick and easy stroll through the omnipresent mud in this part of the country. It certainly beats a boring gondola ride any day.

Hike statistics: 7.6 miles round trip (not the 6.8 on the signpost -
verified with my GPS unit); about 2,000 feet of elevation gain.