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Ascent of Stratton Mountain on 2015-07-31

Climber: Neil Benson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, July 31, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stratton Mountain
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

I walked up to the base of the gondola at Stratton Mountain Ski resort from the village after parking my car. I followed an unnamed, blue-blazed hiking trail maintained and mapped by the resort. It lead me up easy to moderate grades on a dirt path ascending a wide ski run. Wildflowers and grasses carpeted the landscape, with tall stands of northern hardwood forest separating the trails. The trail bore right as it merged with a gravel maintenance road, traversing the face of the ski slope left to right. At some point further, a blue-blazed rock on the left side of the trail steered the trail away from the gravel road, (which continued ahead) and up another dirt path ascending a ski slope. This path lead up moderate grades to the summit, a thoroughly developed and cluttered area dotted with chairlift towers and terminals, ski patrol huts, trail signs, and the like. I elected not to progress 0.7 miles beyond the true summit to the fire tower on the Long Trail / AT because I was already tired from climbing Mount Mansfield the day prior, and I could get good enough north-facing views from the mountain yoga deck just a few yards past the summit, down and to the left. I descended via the same route after taking in the views of Bromley Ski Resort, Killington and Pico peaks, and Mount Mansfield's broad ridge, passing several hikers looking to watch the sunset at the fire tower.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2168 ft / 660 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Unnamed Blue Hiking Trail
    Trailhead:Stratton Mountain Ski Resort  1772 ft / 540 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 



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