Ascent of Stratton Mountain on 2012-06-09

Climber: Greg Jesanis

Date:Saturday, June 9, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stratton Mountain
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

A group of 3 of us went out last Saturday to bag Stratton, making it my first peak on the AMC NE Hundred Highest, and it was definitely a different kind of hike than I'm used to. We started off at the base of the ski area (~2200') and basically hiked up the course for a mountain race that was going on (we took our time) for the first third of the mountain. Then, based on funny directions by a mountain staff member, we hiked up the ski trails Lower Tamarack to Marks Run to Runaway until we reached the Ursa Express chairlift. Then we hiked across to the mid-mountain lodge and then up Interstate to the Meadows.

From there, it was a straight shot up to the summit of the ski area but had another mile to go on relatively flat ground though a mountain-top bog to get to a fire tower that marked the true summit at 3940'.

The way back down we took a more direct route and went down Black Bear until we met up with Runaway again. In total, a fairly easy hike that took us about 3.5 hours roundtrip.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1740 ft / 530 m
    Trailhead:Ski Base  2200 ft / 670 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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