Amazing Hike to a Fire Tower - Molly Stark State Park - Gorgeous Day In VT with ixl (Charles) from the forum!
This state park is gorgeous with updated facilities and nice campgrounds! The hike up to the tower was a gradual incline with ALOT of tree roots crisscrossing the trail almost all the way up. I think I would have gotten to the top faster but was concentrating on every step I took so as not to trip! The forest smelled so fresh and woodsy and it was a total delight to be surrounded by nature. There is nothing more important than finding an excellent pair of hiking shoes that fit like a glove and I love my Keens! I'm ready for a second pair now!
The views at the top of the tower were AMAZING!!! We were so lucky to have such a stellar day with clear blue skies and nary a touch of wind at the tower except a slight breeze. (I needed that!) 360 degree views of all the mountain ranges in the surrounding states - too many to name!
Going down another loop in the trail system proved to be a lot easier and we had some great conversations with my dear, sweet friend Charles. Charles is an amazing photographer and I hope to meet up with him for another hike in Manchester, the end of September. Love ya Charles and thanks for meeting us! If it were not for this forum I would never have met you!
I highly recommend this hike for anyone, the tower views were astounding. I'm getting a bit better at my tower hikes, this being my third one. There are about seven, I think, in Vermont. Stratton was great and I'm making a bucket list to accomplish all of them in the next couple of years. I heard the one in Plainfield is also wonderful. I'm working on making my way to more challenging hikes so I can keep up with my friends!! Plus I have the hiking bug now and it has become quite a high (no pun intended) to be immersed in nature, especially in Vermont!
A picture perfect day in beautiful southern Vermont! You just can't beat it!