Got an early and quick start since we only had tarps to take down as we had hung our hammocks in the shelter, and headed straight up Stratton Mountain. Usually not thrilled about heading straight up a mountain to start the day, but Vermont’s trails are graded well, so it was a pretty reasonable start.
Went up the fire tower at the top of the mountain. We were above the clouds and the clouds were hazy….but it was still a good scene to have breakfast.
Lots of northbound hikers on the trail today. Both Long Trail hikers and AT hikers. The Long Trail hikers are usually fairly obvious……they have bigger packs with more hanging off them, and look cleaner.
Not sure where we fall into the ‘dirty looking-ness’ scale. Our pants are pretty gross looking and Beardo has been shirtless for a week…..so we probably look a bit scruffy.
Got clearing skies so that by the end of the afternoon the weather was stellar. This was an extra boon as we had another fire tower just a half mile from the area where we wanted to camp. The views were great and the wind was just strong enough to take the heat of the sun off of us, making for a perfect temperature at the top of the tower.
Daily Distance: 19.7
Trip Distance: 566.7