Ascent of Stratton Mountain on 2018-05-26

Climber: Lori S

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 26, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stratton Mountain
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at the Kelly Stand Road trailhead. The 10 mile seasonal road up was quite dusty; not too bumpy. There are a couple of one way bridges, so be cautious. Trail was mostly dry with a few slightly muddy spots. Of course, bugs galore especially in the morning when it was warm and no breeze (started at 8:30), less on descent (noonish)as a nice breeze happened. The summit caretakers were very welcoming, gracious and offered information. Nice views from the fire tower; just a bit overcast with some clouds. It is nice that the tower has labels stating the direction and what mountains are in view. Spent too long looking for a geocache, never found it. AllTrails rates this trail as "hard". It's a gradual rise is elevation, so it doesn't feel all that hard. I didn't have to stop to rest at all, just stopped for photos of the many wildflowers. Some of the spring ones were already kind of past peak. Trails were only marked with white squares of paint. Being my first hike in Vermont (I'm from upstate NY and hike mainly in the Adirondacks and Catskills), I'm accustomed to the round metal markers, so I'm not sure if that is the norm for Vermont, but this trail is so easy to follow. Many other hikers and people planning to camp out on the trail.
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Stratton Mountain Fire Tower 5/26/18 (2018-05-26). Photo by Lori S.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds

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