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A fine train for snowshoeing. Starts you at the top of the hill so you coast down then have to slog back up. Would be easier to do in reverse. In winter, the access road is marginally plowed and basically single track, so it is moderately treacherous. The trailhead parking lot will be closed so you must park in a passing place on the road. Not ideal.

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.


Loved it. Took our dog here. Just passing through the area. Lots of doggies on the trail and cool views! Easy peasy.

5 months ago

Awesome views of the lake!

Great place for a quick (or long) walk in the woods!

You can actually hike in a big loop about 3 miles in this natural area. Wonderful trail in early fall, very secluded and quiet with mushrooms and wildflowers galore​.

Love this place. Was my everyday dog walk when we lived in Burlington.

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!

wear jeans overgrown in some areas ...follow signs

Easy and quick retreat from the city. Beautiful overlooks with nice breezes from the lake.

Great hike and views!

not free..I don't agree

One of my favorite areas. You will want a map to get the most out of your visit here. Fairly easy terrain, some of the trails at the furthest points are very narrow or overgrown completely. I recommend starting at the meadows and, doing that loop, then going towards the water for some great views.

Buggy. Wish the talks were marked. Very confusing. Good spot for walking dogs, though.

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

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.

Easy trail, stroller friendly, beautiful views! Access to the beach makes it even more enjoyable

Dull. Trail hard to find. I did about 3 miles and turned around. Grass really high. No views. Noise from farm vehicles.

I have not done the entire loop yet but have done bits and pieces. It is easy and I love the scenery, the creek and seeing how it looks as the seasons change.

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.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Great trails!

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.

would give it a 3.5, sometimes croweded but a great veiw of the lake and cool woods.

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.

10 months ago

Great bike and footpath winding thru this wooded section in Rutland.

10 months ago

Beautiful little trail system. Well Marked. Free map at trail head. I will be back again.

The battenkill itself is beautiful! I could not find the trail that is discussed in the description though! I looked everywhere even on both sides of the bridge and road. It was a bummer not finding an 11 something trail but that's alright. I kept going on the road and found another sweet spot I'll try to upload to the app later.

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