VT §7: VT-11/VT-30 to Stratton-Arlington Road

Vermont §7 spans 17.5 miles. Parking is available for five mileposts.

Mp 0.0/17.5: VA-11 [Manchester-Peru Highway]

Locate: {43.20690, -72.97070}

Orient: The AT crosses VT-11/VT-30 in Peru 4.4 mi northeast of US-30 [Depot Street] in Manchester Center and 8.9 mi southwest of VT-100 in Londonderry.

Park: Park in large hiker lot on north side of road; signed "VAST Trail Access Parking".

Mp 4.9/12.6: via Old Rootville Road

Locate: {43.17261, -73.01165}

Orient: The AT merges with gravel Old Rootville Road for about a mile; closed to vehicles. The paved extent of the road branches east from US-11/US-30 [Depot Street] in Manchester Center about 0.5 mi east of US-7 at exit 4. From US-30/US-11: follow Old Rootville Road (crossing E Manchester Road) for 0.6 mi to gate, after water tower.

Park: Looks like parking for 3–4 cars on shoulder of road. Parking is not permitted at fire tower; signs warn of towing.

Connect: Follow Old Rootville Road from gate for 1.8 mi to AT {43.15412, -73.00876}. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, continue ahead.

Mp 10.6/6.9: via Stratton Pond Trail

Locate: {43.06148, -72.98668}

Orient: The Stratton Pond Trail starts from Stratton-Arlington Road a mile west of Mp 17.5/0.0, below. From Mp 17.5/0.0: continue west on Stratton-Arlington Road for 1.0 mi to trailhead, on north side of road; signed.

Park: Parking for a half dozen or so cars in lot, on north side of road. Additional parking for 2–3 cars looks possible in pull-off 50 yd farther west on Stratton-Arlington Road, just before USFS-71; on north side of road.

Connect: Follow Stratton Pond Trail for 3.7 mi to AT {43.10199, -72.96393}. For AT northbound, continue ahead. For AT southbound, turn right.

Mp 13.7/3.8: via Stratton Mountain Resort gondola

Locate: {43.11415, -72.90515}

Orient: The gondola of Stratton Mountain Resort summits near the trailhead for the Fire Tower Trail, leading to the AT; check the resort's website for hours of operation on weekends in summer and fall. Stratton Mountain Access Road branches southwest from VT-30 in Bondville, 9.8 mi northwest of VT-100 in Jamaica and 7.3 mi southeast of VT-11 in Winhall. From VT-30: follow access road for 3.9 mi to resort.

Park: Park in huge lot for resort.

Connect: From gondola, find trailhead for Fire Tower Trail 50 ft down "Mike's Way", then to left. Follow white-blazed trail south for 0.7 mi to AT {43.08621, -72.92538}, at fire tower. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 17.5/0.0: Stratton-Arlington Road

Locate: {43.06105, -72.96771}

Orient: The AT crosses gravel Stratton-Arlington Road in Stratton 6.8 mi northwest of VT-100 in West Wardsboro. The rough and narrow roadway from Arlington 13 mi west may be unsuitable for passenger cars; no maintenance from November through May.

Park: Parking in medium pull-off on north side of road; signed for "AT/LT".