Camel's Hump Trail

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Camel's Hump Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Huntington, Vermont that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,578 feet Route Type: Loop

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Camel's Hump is one of the best hiking trails in the Green Mountains. It is the third highest peak in the state. The summit offers unbeatable views in every direction. The trail can be accessed off of Camels Hump Road, where there is a small parking area. This trail can either been done as an out-and-back hike, which is 6 miles round trip via the Monroe Trail, or a loop hike via Monroe Trail, Dean Trail, and Long Trail. Camel's Hump can also be reached from the Burrows Trailhead via the Forest City Trail to Burrows Trail. This route describes the out-and-back option. You will start the hike on the Monroe trail. The Monroe trail is steep, however has plenty of leveling off during the hike. From the Monroe Trail you will reach the Dean Trail intersection, at which point you have the option to turn left onto Dean Trail and then take the Long Trail up to the summit or continue straight on the Monroe Trail to the summit. If you continue straight on Monroe Trail, you will reach the hut clearing at which point the Monroe Trail ends and becomes the Long Trail. It is then a short climb to the summit. The last part of the hike can become very steep and narrow. If you are afraid of heights this may not be for you. Once you reach the summit you have a 360 degree view of nearly every mountain range in the area. You will see Mount Mansfield to the north and Mount Washington to the east. On a clear day you can even see Canada. From the summit, take the Long Trail south back to the Monroe Trail.

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muddy
rocky
1 day ago

holy moly what a great hike. very challenging but worth it

recorded Recording - Oct 13, 05:01 PM

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rocky
1 day ago

hiking
4 days ago

Cool hike. Couldn't see view due to cloud cover.

hiking
8 days ago

First 3/4 of the hike via Monroe trail is kind of boring & redundant without any sorts of point of views or particular attractions to it. That being said, once you reach a certain height, the climb becomes more & more interesting with the environment evolving rapidly and the opportunity to take a glimpse at the panorama that is offered to us! The 360 summit view is simply breathtaking, giving to this hike all it's meaning. Every step forward required to achieve this climb is rewarded by amazing views of the surrounding areas including Champlain Lake, Canadian mountain tops & Mansfield just to name a few. Took a little less than 2 hours to reach the summit with a good pace but no hurry. Getting down is a little easier and faster as the inclination of the mountain is very regular and not to steep. Enjoy!

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muddy
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

took about 2 hours to reach the top so I would get there early to allow time to get back down. Definitely wear waterproof shoes in cooler weather as there are many stream crossings and puddles. beautiful hike, would definitely come back in different seasons.

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scramble
16 days ago

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rocky
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19 days ago

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rocky
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28 days ago

Well marked easy trail. Only about the last half a mile you will be scrambling over rocks and gain most of your elevation. Spectacular views at the top. We were able to see Lake Champlain, Mount Washington, and Mount Mansfield.

hiking
1 month ago

Hard to imagine a more perfect day. Beautiful old northeastern hardwood forested trail. The views on top could not be overstated. One complaint. Same complaint my wife and I had last Labor Day weekend hiking in Vermont. It is shocking how rude people are with their dogs. I was growled at by several dogs, none of whom were on leashes.We don't see this in the Adirondacks where we usually hike. It is plain and simply selfish to bring one's dog to already overused, crowded trails without having the dog on a leash.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! On a weekday, still some parking in the main lots, saw a few hikers on the way up, but was surprised by how many were at the summit! Before this, we'd only done Spruce Mountain and Owl's head; this was a good next hike in difficulty.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Slow and steady, hike was not extremely challenging. Unbelievable 360° views. Would definitely hike again. Get there early parking fills up quick!

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This was a hard climb, but doable. Climbed with my 21, 19, and 7 year old (I am 45). We all made it to the summit. My son took only an hour to reach the top while us girls took 2 hours. The climb was worth it at the top....just amazing. The way down was a bit easier but rough on the toes from the downhill shift in our shoes There are several parts of the trail that have you scrambling over large boulders. The last section ( I think it was .2 miles) before the summit was probably the hardest. Bring more water than you think you will need and definitely a snack for the top. It was fun hanging out with the other hikers and there was lots of shared inspiration in both directions. A must do hike.

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

absolutely fantastic trail! definetly hard all the way up to the top is uphill and all the way down is downhill. I would say hiking experience is needed or just athletic ability. however, the view at the top is breathtaking. 10/10 would reccomend!

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2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

We did this trail one afternoon and expected a hard climb, but didn’t anticipate how rocky it was. You really need to be able to scramble over rocks in a few places. Also check the forecast before heading up. Thunderstorms rolled in right when we reached the summit, and the wet rocks made it slow and slippery coming down. There were also a few places where the trail turned into a small stream, so despite having rain gear, our boots were soaked. Otherwise the trail is very well maintained and the view from the summit is amazing! We didn’t do the loop down to the Dean Trail because the caretaker near the summit said that was even steeper and rockier.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a reasonably difficult trail. Very rocky and long with lots of altitude to climb. But a very enjoyable one. Our disappointment was it being clouded in at the top which destroyed any chance of a view. Careful when coming down. It’s rocky and you can easily trip over.

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bugs
scramble
2 months ago

Saw what looked like plane wreckage just off the Alpine Trail. Apparently it’s a 1944 crash of a WWII bomber. Cool unexpected find. Lots of scrambling at the end, fun hike!

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bugs
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

awesome, hard but do-able!

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