Camel's Hump State Park

Waterbury Center, Vermont

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A hump of solid stone composes the 4,083-foot summit, tufted with a small patch of alpine tundra. Expansive views sweep across the state. A 20,000-acre protected landscape surrounds it. No structure has ever stood upon the summit, making it Vermont’s highest undeveloped peak. It’s a popular destination, but the scenery and views merit the crowds. The hike ascends on Monroe and Dean trails, passing the Hump Brook Tenting Area midway up the mountain and the Montclair Glen Lodge on the ridgeline. Follow the Long Trail north, clamber over the rocky summit, and descend. Though it could be a day hike, spending the night makes this trip a more leisurely adventure and provides the opportunity to reach the summit before day-hikers arrive en masse. Dogs are permitted but must be leashed above treeline and at designated shelters and camping areas.
AMC's Best Backpacking in New England

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AMC's Best Backpacking in New England

by Matt Heid (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A hump of solid stone composes the 4,083-foot summit, tufted with a small patch of alpine tundra. Expansive views sweep across the state. A 20,000-acre protected landscape surrounds it. No structure has ever stood upon the summit, making it Vermont’s highest undeveloped peak. It’s a popular destination, but the scenery and views merit the crowds.

The hike ascends on Monroe and Dean trails, passing the Hump Brook Tenting Area midway up the mountain and the Montclair Glen Lodge on the ridgeline. Follow the Long Trail north, clamber over the rocky summit, and descend. Though it could be a day hike, spending the night makes this trip a more leisurely adventure and provides the opportunity to reach the summit before day-hikers arrive en masse. Dogs are permitted but must be leashed above treeline and at designated shelters and camping areas.

© 2014 Matt Heid/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Waterbury Center
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1-2 Days
Trailhead Elevation: 1,520 feet
Top Elevation: 4,083 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, Essex District Of- fice, 802-879-6565, vtstateparks.com; Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury- Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, VT 05677, 802-244-7037, greenmountain- club.org.
Local Maps: The Long Trail Guide, Green Mountain Club; Northern Vermont Hiking Trails, Map Adventures
Driving Directions: Directions to Camel's Hump State Park

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