Stratton Pond Hiking Trail is the Largest Body of Water on the Long Trail
The Stratton Pond Hiking Trail to Stratton Pond ascends gradually through a mixed hard/softwood forest. Several wet areas dot the trail and are particularly susceptible to erosion, so planking, known as puncheon, is set over the wet areas to minimize damage to the trail and surrounding area. Stratton Pond is the largest body of water on the Long Trail, and the most heavily used location on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. As a result of this heavy use, the potential for impact on the shoreline and the pond’s ecosystem is serious. Camping is restricted to the designated sites only. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry-out/carry- in.
This hike starts off with a gradual grade that has areas of mud. The hike towards the summit is a moderate grade. There is a fire tower at the top of the mountain for 360 degree views. From here descend another 3.5 miles to Stratton Pond. Here you can see loons and take a swim. The hike out on the Stratton Pond trail is flat with areas of mud and it is approximately 3.7 miles to the road, then another 0.9 miles to the parking area.