Camel's Hump State Park

Waterbury Center, Vermont 5677

Camel's Hump State Park

Camel's Hump State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A hump of solid stone composes the 4,083-foot summit, tufted with a small patch of alpine tundra. Expansive views sweep across the state. A 20,000-acre protected landscape surrounds it. No structure has ever stood upon the summit, making it Vermont’s highest undeveloped peak. It’s a popular destination, but the scenery and views merit the crowds.

The hike ascends on Monroe and Dean trails, passing the Hump Brook Tenting Area midway up the mountain and the Montclair Glen Lodge on the ridgeline. Follow the Long Trail north, clamber over the rocky summit, and descend. Though it could be a day hike, spending the night makes this trip a more leisurely adventure and provides the opportunity to reach the summit before day-hikers arrive en masse. Dogs are permitted but must be leashed above treeline and at designated shelters and camping areas."

Camel's Hump State Park Reviews

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7/2/2018
I simply love hiking up Camel's Hump. The trails are in terrific shape (not too many roots eroded out), well marked, dog-friendly and on a clear day you can see into New York's Adirondacks and New Hampshire's White Mountains. It is also a great workout. I believe the best approach is from the east on the Monroe Trail. It goes up 2700 vertical feet up to the summit mostly along a gentle grade over 3.4 miles. It usually takes me about two hours at a moderate pace to make the ascent. At the top the views are divine - the summit along the rocky west climb offers beautiful views of the Lake Champlain valley. The alpine flora there is pretty, too. After a rest or a snack or whatever, you can then descend via the Long Trail to the south before hooking up with the Dean Trail back to the Monroe Trail. That takes about 2.5 hours and be aware that there are some very, very steep bits on the Long Trail, making it a little tough on weak ankles and/or knees. Totally worth all the effort.
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Trail Information

Waterbury Center
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7
Distance
2,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
1-2 Days
Duration
1,520 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,083 feet
Top Elevation
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, Essex District Of- fice, 802-879-6565, vtstateparks.com; Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury- Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, VT 05677, 802-244-7037, greenmountain- club.org.
Local Contacts
The Long Trail Guide, Green Mountain Club; Northern Vermont Hiking Trails, Map Adventures
Local Maps