The trail to Stratton Pond ascends gradually through a mixed hard/softwood forest. Several wet areas dot the trail and are particularly susceptible to erosion, so planking, known as puncheon, is set over the wet areas to minimize damage to the trail and surrounding area. This blue-blazed trail crosses several old logging roads. At about 3.8 miles the trail crosses a stream by stepping-stones and makes a sharp turn onto an old logging road. The junction with the Appalachian/Long Trail is reached soon after. The trail follows the AT/LT north (left) to the pond. Stratton Pond is the largest body of water on the Long Trail.
As a result of heavy use, the potential for impact on the shoreline and the pond’s ecosystem is serious. Camping is restricted to the designated sites only. Tent sites and shelters are available at the pond, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Stratton Pond Shelter is at the southeast corner of the pond, and the newly built Stratton View shelter is on the northwest side of the pond, about o.9 miles on the Lye Brook Trail.
In the summer and fall, the site is staffed by a Green Mountain Club caretaker, who helps maintain the shelter and trails, monitor impacts, and protect vulnerable soil, water, and vegetation.
Previously, the Green Mountain Club charged a $5 overnight fee to help offset these costs. As of the 2023 season, the fee has been eliminated in favor of a donation-based model. To support the important work of caretakers, consider a donation on the Green Mountain Club's website.
Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry-out/carry-in.
Stratton Pond Trail - Green Mountain National Forest: including trail brochure and downloadable map.
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From Route 7 in Arlington, take the Arlington exit and turn west on Rte 313 at the end of the exit ramp. Take the first right onto South Rd. and follow to the end. Turn right onto Kansas Road and follow over Rte 7 and over a one-lane bridge. After the bridge turn right and travel east on the Stratton-Arlington Road (aka: Kelley Stand Road) for about 8.7 miles. The parking area will be on the north (left) side of the road.
From Route 100 in West Wardsboro, drive west for about 8.0 miles on the Stratton-Arlington Road (aka: Kelley Stand Road) until you see signs for the Stratton Pond trailhead parking. The parking area will be on the north (right) side of the road.
Note that Stratton-Arlington Road (aka: Kelley Stand Road) is closed in winter (Nov-May) and can be muddy in spring.
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