Monroe and Dean Loop Trail

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Hubbard Park

Monroe and Dean Loop Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Huntington, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,755 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
9 months ago

I went up on Monroe and came down the Long Trail to Dean to Monroe again. i started the trail at 6:00 am and was alone at the summit for 1.5 hours. some of it was pretty tough but well worth it!

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Challenging, but the view at the top is worth it.

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rocky
scramble
10 months ago

J’ai fait cette randonnée seule avec un chien. Elle était trop difficile pour moi et j’ai eu peur à l’occasion. Les portions rocheuses à gravir m’ont beaucoup impressionnée ! J’ai compris que la prochaine fois je vais me contenter de faire les pistes “modérées”

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muddy
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

I love this trail! Mossy, scenic, and tranquil at times and challenging at others. patches of moderate hiking mixed with short, steep, rocky climbs. a varied and beautiful alternative to the monroe trail.

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

Very crowded at the summit, but I only ran into a few people on the trail. Beautiful 360 views of the area at the top!

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bugs
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

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bugs
11 months ago

hiking
Tue May 07 2019

Hiked Monroe-Dean-Long-Summit-Alpine-Monroe yesterday. Fun and challenging hike, just be wary that there are some sections (Long ascent, Monroe descent) that are still quite covered in deep snow, making things rather treacherous at times. If lost, follow the tracks in the snow! Looking forward to hiking it again once the trails officially open.

hiking
snow
Sat Feb 23 2019

hiking
Tue Sep 25 2018

9/23/18 Today was just a nice partly cloudy day for us too hike. It was in the 60's. We began the hike at 10:50am.Started on the monroe trail which is slightly steep. Then took Deans trail which was very nice and tranquil, was able to keep a steady pace. Make sure when you see an big open field on the right too go over and look and see the camel's hump from a distance. Spectacular view, an artist and photographers dream!! Then on to long trail where it gradually increases in altitude and also more obstacles to face with roots, rocks, boulders to scale with bare hands and on knees. Some spots slippery and wet on rocks and gravel. Then at the summit was unbelievably great feeling off happiness of this sight. We saw lake Champlain and 3 other mt peaks. The summit had a very neat alpine tundra biome as well. An excellent hiking experience. Total hours for us was 5hrs 44 min. with 31,608 steps on pedometer. This was our first hike at 4,083ft. Be sure to bring warm clothing or extra shoes just in case. The summit can be windy and cold if it's not in summer season.

hiking
Wed Sep 12 2018

Great views and amazing trails!

Sat Sep 01 2018

loved this trail. 2.3 miles of easy going trail but it's all business once you hit long trail north. challenging and scenic. I would not do Deans' for the decent or when wet.

Thu Aug 30 2018

Amazing views. Quite challenging.

Wed Aug 29 2018

Great loop but not to be underestimated. I suggest Monroe to Dean, then Long Trail to the peak- this way most of your scrambling is going up, not down. Note that on the Dean trail, once you have reached the saddle, there is a well marked side trail to the right that leads to a large marshy clearing- to your left is a large rock- the views of Camel's Hump from the top of that rock are outstanding. On the way back, check out the alpine trail, about a third to half way, there is a side trail to the right that leads to a piece of the left wing of a B-52 that crashed into the mountain in the early 60s...

Sat Aug 04 2018

one of the high peaks in VT, she is magnificent

Tue Jun 05 2018

Challenging, but doable. The view from the summit is worth it!

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Wed Dec 13 2017

I was hesitant to hike this in the snow, and didn't quite make the summit due to bad timing on our part, but I'm so glad we did it. The frozen terrain would have been impossible to pass without crampons, but the hike itself is so rewarding. There's a small cemetary at the trail head parking lot you can walk through. Next time I'd like to do the full loop to the summit via Monroe and head down via the Dean/Long Trail. My review of 4 starts is only due to an incomplete hike that day.

Sun Dec 10 2017

beautiful!

hiking
Fri Aug 25 2017

Gorgeous hike, weather can make the few scrambles up and back down a little treacherous; nothing to sweat over though, take your time and enjoy it. I recommend a detour off Monroe to the Alpine South trail about a mile from the summit. It leads to the peak as well, but has a crashed WW2 fighter wing about 10m off trail that is certainly worth seeing if one has the time!

Tue Aug 15 2017

Great hike and views!

Sat Jul 15 2017

Some nice waterfalls. Spent most of the hike with strong tree cover. Views are worth it once you break through.

hiking
Mon Jul 10 2017

Having accessed Camel's Hump primarily via Burrows Trail in the past, the Monroe Trail loop offered a fresh and exciting perspective of the mountain. We enjoyed pretty much all aspects of the experience, including the drive to the trailhead. We headed up the Monroe Trail to the summit and then continued south on the Long Trail to Wind Gap from where we followed the Dean Trail back to Monroe, and then back down. While the Monroe Trail was enjoyable by itself, it was definitely worth the added .8 miles to experience 1.9 miles of the Long Trail, which featured an exciting scramble down from the summit and along the ridge. We were excited to check out the beaver pond off of Dean, but it appeared to be washed out. Hopefully the beavers get it back up and running soon! A highlight was the abundant proximity to streams along the way, which may have been particulary active due to recent incessant rainfall. Would definitely recommend this loop, and I will be back quite soon!

running
Mon Jul 10 2017

Gradual, steady elevation change for the entire trail. Exposed rock near the summit, but otherwise quite suitable for running. Can get quite busy.

hiking
Sat Jun 24 2017

Hiked this trail mid June, and although it was a great hike, the black flies certainly put a damper on things. Once reaching the summit, the swarms of beetles and flies made it absolutely unbearable. You could barley take a deep breath without inhaling a swarm of bugs. I would not recommend going in June unless there are strong winds or swarms of insects do not bother you.

hiking
Mon Jun 05 2017

Great hike. Once you hit the Long Trail section the climbing gets steep with some exposed sections. Ended up doing it on a windy, rainy and cloudy day but still loved it. Next time I hope to do it when there is some visibility.

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