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3 days ago

this is a premier hiking trail for anyone considering hiking the green mountains. It is one of the few alpine summits offering a breathtaking 360 degree view of the surrounding Winooski valley, Lake Champlain and Green Mountain valleys. I hiked this trail in June following the Monroe trail from the Camels Hump Rd trailhead. I took the Dean trail to Allis lookout in order to ascent Ethan Allen to the south along the Long trail. At 3680 feet, this little known peak offers gorgeous views of the valley to the east along Waterbury. From there I hiked to the lodge at Montclair Glen Lodge and then followed the extremely steep ascent up the south face of Camels Hump-- not for the faint heart or those afraid of heights. The summit along the rocky west climb offers views of the Lake Champlain valley and the alpine flora there is beautiful. At the summit you have a choice to descend to the west along the
burrows trail, continue on along the Long trail to the north descending 3.5 miles to Duxbury Rd, or switchback to the east along the Alpine trail to hook up once again with the Monroe trail loop back to the parking lot on camels hump rd. Overall this look was 9.8 miles in a leisurely 6 1/2 hours. have fun and happy trails.
p.s. watch out for nuisance bears along the Wind Gap at the junction of Dean and the Long trail south of the Hump. Don't leave your pack unattended. ; )

10 days ago

Absolutely beautiful- a must hike if you’re in the area. Not an easy hike but worth the views. Trail well marked with steep inclines and leveled areas

This hike is challenging but worth the reward! The summit has an incredible 360 degree view and is gorgeous in any season.

13 days ago

Tough one!! I camped at the hump brook tent area, and i m happy i set the camp before going to the summit so i had less weight to carry. The whole trail is very nice, steep and slippery sometimes but never boring. Careful if you have weak ankles. Next time i ll cary less thing. Very windy at the summit so bring something warm enough if you want to chill there for a bit. 360 view, amazing. Totally worth the effort. Would do it again for sunset or sunrise.

This was quite challenging! Climbing rocks for 2.4 miles up and looking down the whole time to keep my footing. But the view at the end made everything so worth it. Spectacular! I thought going down would be faster, but that seemed to take forever too. All in all took us about 4hrs total (including 30min resting at peak). My whole body was definitely sore the next day.

16 days ago

Tough trail, but totally worth it for the views. And to lay claim for summiting the 3rd highest peak in the state!

Spectacular views... worth the hike!

LOVED this hike. 1st week of June (two weeks after trials opened for the season). Taking the Deans Trail up to the Long Trail was the correct decision for heading up to the summit (vs the counterclockwise loop). I am 5'-7" and 150lbs, pretty athletic and comfortable on hike. My fiancee is only 5'-1" and struggled a bit on the steeper and more Rocky sections. She's athletic but not as comfortable with balance. We made the summit in 4hrs (due to end of Deans Trail and the Long Trail South up to the summit being the toughest). This loop is done clockwise, there is a counterclockwise option of going up Monroe to the Summit and down LT and Dean. I would not recommend the counterclockwise option. Out and back on Monroe is also a good option. See below.

- Monroe to Dean: Easiest section of the hike. Pleasant and enjoyable. Would rate it as moderate to light-moderate depending on your fitness level.

- Dean to Long Trail: Moderate to Difficult. Great streams along the way, narrow and rockier than Monroe. Some sections are steep. Difficult uphill and really difficult downhill.

- Long Trail South to Summit: Difficult. All rocks with a continuous, steep vertical. I had trouble once or twice with the size of the rocks. I couldn't imagine enjoying that route down.

- Summit to Long Trail North to Monroe: Moderate to Light Difficult. After going up the south side the north was a piece of cake. Still challenging but very doable.

25 days ago

Going on this hike felt like being a part of a hidden treasure. The path itself is not too traveled, on a Saturday in may we passed maybe 10 people and felt very backcountry. One of my favorite parts was that there was tons of little streams on the way up which ended up being great for my dog to wash off mud. The way up wasn’t too hard but just difficult enough to have you reaping the rewards of this workout. At the top it was extremely windy and shortly we got cold (it was a 70 degree day) so we didn’t end up staying too long. On the way down, towards the very end we started to get tired of the hike but I attribute that to the fact that this was only our second hike of the season. I loved this hike and would definitely go back, definitely a good choice!

Such a fun trail. Gets very steep in places but really nice way to spend today. Our Australian Shepherd loved it as well. We crossed many streams and brooks, some bigger than others. Waterproof shoes are pretty necessary as it is also fairly muddy right now. We didn’t go to the tippy top because the dog has having a hard time on the rock face but we made it really close where we got more than a 180 degree view. The view was pretty spectacular but it was chilly and extremely windy so we didn’t stay too long up there. Felt longer for us on the way down because of the steepness near the top. Took us a little over 4 hours.

26 days ago

This is my favorite hike in Vermont so far. It’s one of the harder hikes in my opinion, so if you’re a beginner I wouldn’t do this one as your first hike. The view is amazing, and the scenery keeps you engaged as you hike. I highly recommend this hike, and I recommend the Burrows trail.

Very hard and very satisfying! My first ever mountain hike!

We hiked this in mid-May, for the most part we did well with the steep inclines but at the very top ice became an issue and we had fun sliding on our butts the way down for a little ways. Not all of the sliding was intentional. All Trails has this rated as hard and it is, several people brought their dogs which made for some entertainment. This Mike is not to be missed if you’re in Vermont.

One of the best hikes ever and I’ve done a lot. Gorgeous drove to trailhead from Stowe. As green as green can be. Wonderful trail, rocks,roots but wide and forgiving. Just lovely and smelled good too. Better than any of the 35 Catskills that’s for sure. Would do this again. Nice view despite gloomy day. Of course rain in last .3. I’m cursed. Did as up and back, not loop.

Once you reach the top, its totally worth all the hard work. Took me just under 2 hours up. A lot more rock scrambling than I expected, and the whole hike up felt pretty long but it was a great workout. The beginning of the trail is pretty steady uphill with many stream crossings. The first stream at the trail head was running pretty rapidly, and was a bit intimidating to cross. My poles helped as security but my feet still ended up getting soaked.. all in all, worth it!!

Awesome hike! I felt like Frodo and my dog was Sam pushing me along. Unfortunately we didn’t quite make the summit (we took the bypass at 0.2 miles from the summit) since my dog couldn’t make the vertical rock climbing part. Have to do it again not via the long trail and see if we can reach the summit. Even though we didn’t reach the summit there were still some amazing views

1 month ago

Amazing hike! Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the top because the trail got crazily snowy and slippery. Yup, even in May. Even with the snow, the hike is very doable if you are in good shape. I'll definitely be back.

Really fun hike. It’s tough and rewarding! Plenty of snow still- I loved having my poles and spikes for comfort but hikers were making it up and down without. On a clear day, the view can’t be beat.

Hiked up yesterday in 100% snow. Conditions were excellent, sunny and low traffic. Trails were well travelled and easy to follow. I think by next weekend it'll be full on mud season though, and not advisable to use the delicate trails.

amazing views!

2 months ago

Hiked it the other weekend. What a great trail. deffinitly recommend a winter hike up it if you haven't!

excellent! Took us 3 hours and had excellent views.

Fantastic views

Nov 16, 2017

We really enjoyed this hike, the transition from maple forest to evergreen to finally stunted bonsai pines near the summit was exsquiste, the last 3rd was a steep climb. The lower third was a little messy, with creeks flowing through much of the trails despite numerous breakwaters in the trail, the 2nd 3rd was predominatly icy, where these flow had frozen, but with proper traction strap ons this was not an issue, the top 3rd was hard pack snow, with some ice. The summit was crusted ice, with blowing snow, and cloud.

We ascended the Burrows trail intending to descend the forest city trail, we made it to the summit but trail marking for the long trail was poor to non existent on the summit in these conditions. There were no rock cairns to mark the trail that we could see, what blazes there were on the rock (We saw only one) were painted in white, WHITE!!!! Lol.

There were a few white string markers that seemed to lead off a cliff. So in the end we were not able to either discern or proceed along the long trail, and retraced our steps down t (he Burrows trail.

We encountered only one other hiker that day, on the same trail, no other tracks at the summit from other trails at about 1pm. The one fellow we met said that he despite several trips to the summit has yet to figure out what happens to the long trail either... he also retraced his steps.

Our ascent took 2 hours, and the descent 1.5 hours at a relaxed pace. Will try again under different conditions, and maybe build a cairn or tow on the summit if we can crack the code

Starting to get icy near the summit so be mindful. Took about 3 1/2 hours to complete at a fast pace. Very beautiful views at the summit.

Wow, super views at the top and really fun terrain. We went the day after it had rained a lot, so little streams we had to cross we’re pretty full! Good water proof boots a must. Definitely gets challenging near the top - climbing up rocks; very fun. Enjoy!

Had a blast! Highly recommend.

A great quick hike with an amazing view at top. Arrived at 11am and finished at 3pm.

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