Hiking at Stratton Mountain Resort this Summer

September 12, 2007 by  
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Stratton Mountain Resort is renowned for its spectacular skiing and riding trails. In addition to these, there are a number of hiking trails at various degrees of difficulty to suit everybody’s abilities and levels of fitness. You can choose from a leisurely stroll along the ridge or get down to some serious climbing. The trails at Stratton Mountain Resort are color coded, indicating the various levels of difficulty. Green indicates the easiest, with blue being more difficult and black indicating the most difficult.

The easiest of the Sun Bowl Trails at Stratton Mountain, of no more than 2 kilometers, are Main Line, Sprint and Rabbit Run. If you would like to try something a little more challenging, you could choose from Buck’s Run, Black Bear or Old Log Road. For those that feel they are up to handling the most difficult hiking trails, these are Upper Kidderbrook, Lower Kidderbrook and Camel’s Hump.

The Main Mountain Trails at Stratton Mountain Resort offer six different trails, varying in levels of difficulty and ranging between a half a kilometer to 3.2 kilometers.

The Stratton Trail begins in the town of Stratton at the parking area off Kelly Stand Road. The hike starts off with a gradual ascent through a hardwood and softwood forest. Then it becomes a steeper climb up the mountain to the ridgeline, climbing again to the summit. There you can climb the Fire Tower to enjoy an amazing 360 degree view of the Green Mountain range. It is most definitely worth the effort.

Whichever trail you choose at Stratton Mountain Resort this summer, you can be assured of an experience to remember. To make your hike safe and enjoyable there are a number of guidelines provided to hikers that are worth taking note of. Proper footwear is essential. Take plenty of fluids with you as there are no water sources on the mountain and make sure you stay hydrated. In the interests of maintaining the environment for the enjoyment of all, please don’t litter under any circumstances. What you take up the mountain, you must bring down. Leave everything as you find it. Don’t remove any rocks, plants or other natural objects. Observe wildlife from a distance and do not feed any of the animals. Remember, no matter how tame they may seem, they are still wild animals and can be unpredictable. Summer thunderstorms can develop very quickly, so make sure to check the weather report. If a sudden storm develops, move away from open fields and tall objects, including trees. And very importantly, know your limits and hike with a friend.