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Stratton Bald Trail #54

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7.4 mile 12.0 kilometer point to point
80% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,212' 979 m
Descent: -244' -74 m
High: 5,339' 1,627 m
Low: 2,129' 649 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Ben King

A strenuous climb with gorgeous views of lakes and ridges.

Ben King

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Starting from Santeelah Road at Rattle Ford Bridge, the trail begins with a gradual climb, crossing several small streams before climbing up to the ridge between miles 1.8 and 2.6.

Once on the ridge, the trail continues to steadily climb until the junction with the Wolf-Laurel Trail at mile 5.0. This pleasant climb continues until a series of steep switchbacks from mile 5.9 to 6.1 up to the intersection with the Haoe Lead Trail #53 at Stratton Bald (which is no longer bald, and so offers few views).

Bearing left at the junction with Haoe Lead Trail #53, the trail descends pleasantly for the next mile to Bob Bald. This bald offers stellar views of the surrounding mountains and lakes as well as providing a multitude of excellent campsites.

Continuing on past Bob Bald, a piped spring can be found about 0.2 miles further down the trail. The Stratton Bald Connector Trail terminates at the junction with the Bob Bald Connector #54A.

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Jul 4, 2019
Casey ONeill
Trail is unmaintained and heavily overgrown, you could follow it still but bring a machete. 1mi

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Bob Stratton Bald on a clear winter day.
Mar 10, 2017 near Robbins…, NC
Bob Bald, an amazing place to camp with wonderful views
Jan 7, 2019 near Robbins…, NC
Benton MacKaye Trail
Jan 7, 2019 near Robbins…, NC

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