Ascent of Stratton Mountain on 2019-02-17

Climber: Dan Hildebrand

Date:Sunday, February 17, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stratton Mountain
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

I haven't worked on any southern VT peaks in a while since I live out west, so I took advantage of an event in Troy, NY to check a few mountains off the list.

My wife and I drove from Troy to the AT/LT trailhead on Stratton Arlington Road via 9 east to 100 north. I'm not entirely certain, but I'm pretty sure that the Stratton Arlington Road is closed to the west during winter and it definitely didn't look plowed beyond the trailhead, so I'd recommend coming in from the east during the winter. Either way, I'm glad we ignored Google Maps's suggestion to head north from Bennington before heading east. The road was paved until the last half mile and plowed until the trailhead, so our crappy rental car survived the trek.

With really nice sunny weather, and the trail looking pretty tramped down, we opted for microspikes instead of snowshoes and started down the trail after a quick lunch. Our suspicions were correct, we really didn't need flotation and enjoyed a nice quick hike with only the occasional post hole step on the way down. The trail is pretty gradual until the last 1000 feet of vertical, but there are nice switchbacks and the gain didn't seem overly strenuous. Before too long we ended up at the summit and took a quick trip up the tower. Since we were both looking forward to a relaxing stay at in inn that night, we hustled down the hill to finish in a little over 3 hours, with the GPS reporting a little over 7 miles with 2000 feet of gain.
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