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.
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