Monroe and Dean Loop Trail

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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
2755 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

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!

8 months ago

Great hike and views!

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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!

trail running
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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
10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

I'll have to admit, I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this hike. I met a good number of hikers on the way up Monroe Trail and at the top, but on the way down the Long Trail and Dean Trail I only crossed paths with a couple of other hikers. The views from the summit were spectacular in every direction and even though it was crowded at the top, it wasn't hard to find your own quiet place to enjoy the scenery.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Probably my favorite trail to hike. Well maintained, great scenery, and less crowded than the Burrows trail. I would rate this as a moderate trail, Burrows trail is harder. This trail has a few rock scrambles to keep you occupied on your trek up. The views from the summit are breathtaking. Leave some time to enjoy. GPS had me at 6.8, out and back on the Monroe trail, I didn't do the loop. Keep your eyes out for bear if you go early in the season.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Great hike! The views were beautiful.

backpacking
Friday, July 15, 2016

Used a portion of this Trail along with Alpine Trail coming off Camels Hump Summit and looping back to the landing that intersects with the Long Trail.

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

Wonderful hike beautiful views at summit

hiking
Saturday, February 06, 2016

Yesterday's ascent wasn't terribly hard. Poles and ice chains on my boots made walking on the hard pack and ice much easier. The descent was a different story. It seemed more ice formed, on the trail, after the sun went down which made my "ICEtrekkers" the wrong chains for the job. My hiking buddy had ice spikes and was able to manage far better. I took a few falls while he may have slipped only two or three times. With the lack of snow forecasted and below freezing nights Burrow's Trail is going to be incredibly challenging for the next few weeks. My buddy, who has hiked Camel's Hump for years, said yesterday evening was the most challenging hike he's ever been on there.

hiking
Sunday, January 31, 2016

I hiked burrows trail two weeks ago with a couple of friends. The trail was great, hard packed snow with very little ice. It was super windy and cold at the summit but the view was worth it.

hiking
Monday, July 13, 2015

It's a great hike and climb... Did it both summer and winter... Was not disappointed.... But if it's icy bring micro spikes or crampons.. It's a long way down on your butt....

hiking
Monday, June 16, 2014

Beautiful summit!

hiking
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Completed it on my birthday, a glorious September day. Monroe Trail to Camel's Hump summit, 3.4 miles. Must be one of the best sweeping views of the Green Mountains, with the Adirondacks to the west (you can see Whiteface Mountain and the ski trails) and the White Mountains (with Mount Washington) to the east. We followed the Monroe trail all the way to the summit and came back through the little-known and hardly used Alpine Trail. We left Wind Gap for another time, since we are planning to hike the Long Trail at some point.

hiking
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Probably the best view in Vermont from the top, but you don't see much until you get past the timberline. Once you get past the timberline it's epic. I've hiked the Monroe trail in both summer, fall, and winter seasons and winter is my favorite because with cold temperatures, you don't have humidity obstructing any views and you can see unbelievable far in all directions. (I recommend something under your boots for better tracking in the winter to deal with ice.)

hiking
Friday, March 02, 2012

Loved this hike! Overcast day when we did this hike, but it was simply a fantastic hike with some light scrambling and sufficient elevation gain.

hiking
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ridiculously great winter hike!! Thereare four trailheads ranging from 2.4 miles of steep terrain, to an 8 plus mile trail. All trails offer different views and if you never hike this mountain u r missing out!!! I hiked all the trailheads this past winter and it was exhileraing and majestic in winter white. Five trips to the top, ahhhh the joy!

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