Camel's Hump Trail

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Camel's Hump Trail is a 5.9 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
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2565 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
1 day 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. ; )

hiking
8 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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
13 days ago

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

hiking
24 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.

hiking
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.

2 months ago

amazing views!

4 months ago

Fantastic views

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Was not the most strenuous hike, but nearly had us out of breath in some spots. The dean trail was fun, even in the rain. It was like beginner rock climbing. Ninja (my dog) had no trouble jumping over some obstacles. I would not take anyone afraid of heights or a dog that lacks physical ability on the dean trail up to Camels Hump. The dean trail had interesting rock obstacles and overlooks after 3ish miles. The Monroe trail is sort of boring, but a much easier climb up to the peak.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views up at the top. I found the segment between mile 2 and mile 3 of the Monroe trail most difficult, but maybe that's just because I started off too aggressive. Took about 1hr 40 min for me to get up, and judging based on the number of groups that passed me vs the number of groups I passed, I'd say I was about average speed.

For any other non-locals, the Ben & Jerry's factory is only a ~10 min drive away. I unwittingly drove right past it, made for a nice post-hike stop.

hiking
8 months ago

Monroe trail is a fantastic hike. My dogs love it. The trail is challenging and the trek down always feels longer than I expect it to. I plan for at least 5 hours. It takes me about 2 hours each way with no stops and I like to stay on the peak for about an hour.

9 months ago

Very great hike with some great views of Mount Mansfield and Lake Champlain! Trail is also very dog friendly.

9 months ago

This was an iconic VT hike! Start early to avoid the crowds and make sure to bring an extra layer for the top since it can be windy. The views above the alpine zone were amazing!

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty steep all the way up. The last mile or so splits. We took the more direct but steeper path. I felt like a legend scaling the rock walls above the tree line. Like another reviewer said, you'll earn the beautiful views!

trail running
9 months ago

I took Monroe (blue blazes) to the summit trail (white blazes). It was raining and 50 at the bottom and quite cold when you got higher. Trails were well marked and the terrain was mostly moderate. I wouldn't call this a difficult hike, with the exception of a could small sections of the last .3 miles, which required minor scrambling. Plan for 2 hours to the top or under an hour if you run it.

hiking
9 months ago

Really great trail especially if you're after an energetic hike. We got to the top in an hour twenty and then enjoyed the view with lunch. Just under an hour to get down and later in the day we are both feeling it!

Lots of dogs doing the trail and a few sub 10yr old kids.

9 months ago

Really nice hike, took us 2 hours to go up, 1:30 to go down and 30 min lunch break. Nice view at the top and nice trail

hiking
9 months ago

Did the bigger loop through dean and long trail. Loved it, took us 5 hours including the lunch break, quite a bit of people at the top but nice view !

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! It's 3.4 from the duxbury parking lot to top so it's 6.8 round trip. Trail is well marked and pretty busy during the summer and fall, not steep at all till the last .3 to the top. Plan on at least 4 hours.

hiking
10 months ago

Went up the Monroe trail on the 20th. Fairly steep difficult trail. Some decent scrambles. Beautiful view from the top and definitely worth it on a clear day.

11 months ago

Long hike, moderate rocks. Beautiful view.

hiking
11 months ago

such a gorgeous hike with beautiful views!

hiking
11 months ago

Glorious views. Monroe trail was not difficult at all. Not too buggy at the summit. Took 2 hours and 10 minutes up.

11 months ago

Nice waterfalls throughout. Clean fresh mountain air. Very lush forest. Loved it.

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hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 05, 2017

Love this hike!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Phenomenal views that are definitely earned. Be prepared for a windy summit and the rocks near the top are incredibly slippery.

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