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.
Topo Map: Monroe, Dean, and Long Trails Circuit Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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5/24/2009

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

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.

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