Ascent of Stratton Mountain on 2016-11-06

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, November 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stratton Mountain
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nice fall hike with Dan and Sammy. Very gentle hike the whole way. It was 42F when we started from the car at 10:57AM. The trail goes through nice beech forrest. Half way up the trail goes through a windy area. It was windy on the way up and the way down. We saw just a couple other small groups / couples on the hike today...we were the last ones to start and finish. We made it to the tower by 1:14PM. The tower had just a little bit of rime ice on it. The tower is in good condition and it has all of its windows. They were covered in ice / snow which made it difficult to see out. The views were still pretty decent through a couple of the windows and on the lower platforms of the tower. Someone taped names of mountains in view to the windows which was very handy! Some of the tape had let go due to the cold / moisture though, but most of them were still on the windows which was very handy. At 1:34PM we walked over to the top of Stratton Mountain ski area. It was a quick 0.7 miles over there. I haven't yet skied Stratton, but I will this season for sure. Sammy had a great time over there and was running wild in the lightly snowed on grasses. At 2:02PM we left the lift area and made it back to the fire tower by 2:28PM. We immediately headed down and we were back at the car at 4:21PM. It lightly snowed on and off the whole day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1796 ft / 547 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1796 ft / 547 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.1 mi / 14.6 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1697 ft / 517 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:AT / LT
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot on Stratton Arlington Road  2243 ft / 683 m
    Time:2 Hours 17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1796 ft / 547 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1697 ft / 517 m; Extra: 99 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:99 ft / 30 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Quick trip over to top of ski area. Then back down
    End Trailhead:Parking lot on Stratton Arlington Road  2243 ft / 683 m
    Time:2 Hours 47 Minutes

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