Snowshoe Hike to Stratton Summit and Stratton Pond

January 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am
Meet at SW Corner of Stratton Mtn Base Lodge
5 Village Lodge Rd
Stratton, VT 05360
Dave Ratti

Meet at 8 a.m. at the southwest corner of the Stratton Mountain Base Lodge. You will need to park in lot #1 and allow 15 minutes via the shuttle bus or walking to get to the base lodge. Thanks to the Stratton Mountain Ski Area, we will ride up the gondola for free to the summit. After donning snowshoes, hike to summit trail to the Fire Tower and then the Long Trail north to Stratton Pond. Lunch at the shelter or the pond, depending on how cold it is. Return via the Long Trail south to VAST 7 (the IP road), follow VAST 7 and then a piece of the Catamount Trail and a side trail to Catamount to the ski area, and descend to the base area on Stratton ski trails.

Total distance about 7.5 miles with about 1,800 feet of descent and about 500 feet of ascent. Moderately difficult. NO DOGS; they are not allowed on the gondola or the ski trail. Bring extra layers, a wool or fleece hat, extra mittens, hand warmers, snacks, lunch, and fluids. We will travel as slowly as our slowest hiker with stops to wait for the slowest folks to catch up, so be prepared to stop and wait. Poles are helpful, especially for the downhill. Should the gondola not be running because of wind, the leader will have an alternate snowshoe hike in the area and the meeting place and time will be the same.


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