Ascent of Stratton Mountain on 2012-05-06

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Gudi
Date:Sunday, May 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stratton Mountain
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Red Goat and I are out for another NEHH this weekend. We started up the LT/AT at 10:00 am on a mostly sunny morning with the temps in the low 50’s. Although there were plenty of cars in the parking area, we did not see any hikers as we made our way toward the summit. The trail was dry and easy grades pretty much the whole way. There were lots of signs of spring in the woods so we took some nice pictures along the way.
We reached the summit at 11:40 am. We were happy to see that the fire tower was still enclosed so we headed up to take a peek. Even Gudi came along and celebrated here first successful ascent of a fire tower with a PB & J lunch! We had unobstructed views in all directions. The view of Somerset Reservoir was the best. We could see Stratton Pond, our next destination and of course the lifts for the ski area. While we were in the tower an AT through hiker had made the summit. He has been doing the AT in sections, and is now attempting to complete the rather long walk!!
We continued on the LT at 12:15 pm, but not before finding the geocache that is hidden close to the summit. We reached Stratton Pond at 2:10 under clear skies and temps in mid-60s. It was gorgeous and very quiet at the pond. We took some time to soak in the views and the quiet and then headed back to the Stratton Pond Trail at 2:25 pm.
The Stratton Pond Trail is pretty flat and in very good shape, with very few muddy spots. Again there are lots of signs of springs in the woods right now. We reached Kelly Stand Road at 3:45 and were back at the car at 4:10pm.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Distance:11.5 mi / 18.4 km
    Route:Long Trail - Stratton Pond Trail
    Trailhead:Kelley Stand Road  1440 ft / 438 m
    Time Up:6 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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