Camel’s Hump via the Forest City Trail–Burrows Trail Loop

Huntington, Vermont

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This is a western loop hike over a landmark Vermont 4,000-footer, with three ledges to climb on the way up and a 360-degree panorama from the rock summit. Camel’s Hump is sizable in looks and in effort, but well worth the challenge. The mountain can be approached via the Long Trail (LT), but day hikers prefer to climb from either Duxbury on the eastern flank of the mountain or from Huntington on the western side. The Huntington side, described here, is about a mile shorter but arguably more challenging because of the “Stairs,” a series of three consecutive ledges that require some minor scrambling. Most hikers will delight in the Stairs, which give you early views and add some topographical interest to the climb. The route described here also makes a loop, ascending via the Forest City Trail, where the Stairs are located (easier to climb up than down), and descending via the Burrows Trail. The Forest City Trail is a half-mile longer than the Burrows Trail and offers numerous views of the summit during the last third of the climb.

Camel’s Hump via the Forest City Trail–Burrows Trail Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This is a western loop hike over a landmark Vermont 4,000-footer, with three ledges to climb on the way up and a 360-degree panorama from the rock summit.

Camel’s Hump is sizable in looks and in effort, but well worth the challenge. The mountain can be approached via the Long Trail (LT), but day hikers prefer to climb from either Duxbury on the eastern flank of the mountain or from Huntington on the western side. The Huntington side, described here, is about a mile shorter but arguably more challenging because of the “Stairs,” a series of three consecutive ledges that require some minor scrambling. Most hikers will delight in the Stairs, which give you early views and add some topographical interest to the climb.

The route described here also makes a loop, ascending via the Forest City Trail, where the Stairs are located (easier to climb up than down), and descending via the Burrows Trail. The Forest City Trail is a half-mile longer than the Burrows Trail and offers numerous views of the summit during the last third of the climb."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Huntington
Distance: 5.7
Elevation Gain: 1,950 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Huntington Quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Camel’s Hump via the Forest City Trail–Burrows Trail Loop

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May 2018