Monroe, Dean, and Long Trails Circuit

Huntington, Vermont

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This is a long, scenic day hike to Camel’s Hump—Vermont’s highest pristine peak and a National Natural Landmark. Backcountry ponds, improbable peaks, ridgeline scrambles, gusty vistas, and gardens of alpine beauty are among the wealth of charms displayed on this hike. But, for many, it’s what Camel’s Hump lacks that makes this circuit the best hike in the state. Unlike many other peaks, Camel’s Hump has no ski lift, inn, or auto road to mar its pristine summit—an awe-inspiring mountain environment preserved as nature intended in the 23,010-acre Camel’s Hump State Park. Unique as the profile of Camel’s Hump may be, resemblance to a dromedary seems a bit of a stretch—more like a breaking wave, or a truncated dorsal fin reminiscent of those prehistoric times when the waters of Lake Vermont lapped at the base of nearby hills.
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour) (Falcon Guides)

This is a long, scenic day hike to Camel’s Hump—Vermont’s highest pristine peak and a National Natural Landmark. Backcountry ponds, improbable peaks, ridgeline scrambles, gusty vistas, and gardens of alpine beauty are among the wealth of charms displayed on this hike. But, for many, it’s what Camel’s Hump lacks that makes this circuit the best hike in the state.

Unlike many other peaks, Camel’s Hump has no ski lift, inn, or auto road to mar its pristine summit—an awe-inspiring mountain environment preserved as nature intended in the 23,010-acre Camel’s Hump State Park. Unique as the profile of Camel’s Hump may be, resemblance to a dromedary seems a bit of a stretch—more like a breaking wave, or a truncated dorsal fin reminiscent of those prehistoric times when the waters of Lake Vermont lapped at the base of nearby hills.

© 2008 Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Huntington
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contacts: Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, District III, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452; (802) 879-6565
Local Maps: USGS Waterbury and Huntington quads.
Driving Directions: Directions to Monroe, Dean, and Long Trails Circuit

Recent Trail Reviews

5/24/2009
1

great trail, easy untill the long trail then it's like a staircase. The last .3mi are brutal but all worth it, and the perfect weather helped.


11/19/2007
0

The Gorham hut has been removed and it's not indicated anywhere ! The Long Trail, North of Gorham, is badly marked and tough to follow.


8/29/2005
1

This was a WONDERFUL hike and area. We camped at the tent camping area just two miles or so from the peak. It was a really nice tenting area that the Green Mountain Club has kept up really well with great organization for their outhouse, using the provided bear hang, and washing dishes in a specified spot to minimize hungary visitors to your site. We were afraid that it would be crowded, but the sites were fairly spaced out with trees and foilage in between and each being 'relatively' secluded (far better than anything you'll find car camping.) The trail itself was a delight, although strenuous. This trail is a 'high stepper'--as in, you'll be stepping over rocks the whole time, and having to watch your step. Although this was tiring at times, it gave the trail character. The foilage was great as it let the sun sprinkle in, but still gave adequate coverage. The summit of Camel Hump is amazing being the only over 4,000 peak in the area that doesn't have a road to the top that people can just drive up. Thus, it is a hiker's paradise with AMAZING endless views 360 deg around. The rocks mentioned earlier became bolders one needed to scurry and climb near the top, which may be difficult for dogs or those less agile, but the view is definitely worth it. There is even a really interesting and slightly spooky crash site just off one of the trails near the summit, where a plane crashed in the 40's and the wing is still there. Highly recommended.



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