Camel’s Hump via the Monroe Trail

Duxbury, Vermont

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This is an eastern approach to a summit of a landmark Vermont 4,000-footer where you’ll find a 360-degree view from the open rock summit and rare alpine flora. Camel’s Hump is a Vermont landmark. Its bald summit comes to an offset point, which is visible for miles on a clear day. The mountain has had many names over the centuries. The precolonial Native Americans called it Tawabodi-e-wadso, or “the saddle mountain.” In the early 1600s, when Samuel de Champlain first saw the mountain while exploring the region for Henry IV of France, he thought it looked like a sleeping lion and thus dubbed it Le Lion Couchant, or “the couching lion.” In the late 1700s, Ira Allen, Ethan Allen’s brother, dubbed it Camel’s Rump, which was later changed to a more gentlemanly Camel’s Hump.
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by Lisa Densmore (Falcon Guides)

This is an eastern approach to a summit of a landmark Vermont 4,000-footer where you’ll find a 360-degree view from the open rock summit and rare alpine flora.

Camel’s Hump is a Vermont landmark. Its bald summit comes to an offset point, which is visible for miles on a clear day. The mountain has had many names over the centuries. The precolonial Native Americans called it Tawabodi-e-wadso, or “the saddle mountain.” In the early 1600s, when Samuel de Champlain first saw the mountain while exploring the region for Henry IV of France, he thought it looked like a sleeping lion and thus dubbed it Le Lion Couchant, or “the couching lion.” In the late 1700s, Ira Allen, Ethan Allen’s brother, dubbed it Camel’s Rump, which was later changed to a more gentlemanly Camel’s Hump.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Duxbury
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Camel's Hump State Park
Local Maps: USGS Huntington Quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Camel’s Hump via the Monroe Trail

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May 2018