Ascent of Stratton Mountain on 2019-08-11

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stratton Mountain
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove down to souther Vermont today to knock off the two farthest Vermont COHPs from my house. My first hike of the day would be Stratton Mountain followed by Equinox Mountain. When I got to the parking lot at Stratton, it was mostly full to my surprise. I walked through the lodge up to the main patio at the base area and found tons of people in race bibs. I just wanted to hike up a green or blue trail to the top, but there was no way off the patio but through an inflatable finish line thing that said OCR Championship. There were routes ribboned off all up and down the mountain and I guessed that it was an obstacle course race (OCR) and found out after looking it up when I got home that it was. I went back through the lodge and then came up on the looker's right of it and avoided the crowds by starting by the Ski Patrol Hut. I went up Old Log Road and tried not to walk in the ribboned course when possible. I had to take a photo of the sign for the Ethan's Alley trail because my friend Ally is originally from Vermont and is dating an Ethan! Not many people were running down a given trail at a given time. I didn't see any runners until I passed the base of the Snow Bowl chair and got onto Drifter Link. A woman with a yoga mat asked if I knew where the yoga was at and I said I didn't know. I continued on up Lower Drifter and saw her again near the top of the ski area. At the top of the gondy, I went south on a wide run and saw the start of the trail to the fire tower. The fire tower summit is higher than the ski area, so the Stratton Mountain ski area is really only on a flank of Stratton Mountain. This trail was pretty easy and dipped through a small saddle before gaining 140' to the summit. It was a breeze, really. The highest rock appeared to be a mossy boulder on the right just as I approached the fire tower clearing. The tower itself has a benchmark below and a sign stating that only four people are allowed in it at once. It would be hard to tell how many people were already in it from the ground. There was some sort of building with a caretaker just to the east, but I didn't go over to it. The summit is all pines, but the tower offered some great views. I could see what I think were Bromley and Magic Mountain ski areas along with Equinox Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1955 ft / 595 m
    Total Elevation Loss:140 ft / 42 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1955 ft / 595 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1815 ft / 553 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.4 km
    Route:Old Log Road - Drifter Link - Drifter - Janeway Jc
    Start Trailhead:Stratton Mountain Base Area  2125 ft / 647 m
    Time:1 Hours 17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Stratton

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Stratton Mountain2019-08-11 a1955 ft / 596 m
2Stratton Mountain-North Peak2019-08-11 b138 ft / 42 m
Total Trip Gain: 2093 ft / 638 m    Total Trip Loss: 2093 ft / 638 m

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