Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail

Northern Green Mountains, Vermont

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Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail


  • The gate to the upper parking lot is closed at dusk and opened at dawn.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • The trail register and map.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • Early spring hikers will find plenty of snow on the trail- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • The junction of the Dean and Monroe trails.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • A glimpse at the peak between the trees.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • Crossing the Alpine Trail means you are nearing the summit.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • A plaque in the clearing below the summit recognizes Camels Hump as a national landmark.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • The final summit push is especially steep.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • Views of Mount Mansfield to the north.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • The last bit of the trail weaves between stunted spruce before breaking above treeline.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • Views to the south.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  •  Lake Champlain to the west.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
  • Looking north along the summit ridge.- Camels Hump Via the Monroe Trail
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Overview + Weather
Beautiful views. Backcountry camping.
Often crowded.
Northern Green Mountains, VT
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,583.00 ft (787.30 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.80 mi (10.94 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


At 4,081 feet, Camels Hump is the third highest peak in Vermont and one of the most recognizable due to its shape and proximity to both Burlington and Montpelier. There are several ways to climb Camels Hump, but one of the most popular is via the Monroe Trail on the mountain's eastern flank. This 6.8-mile round-trip hike gains 2,583 feet of elevation and is quite steep in places. Most of the hike meanders through a birch and maple forest.

There are a few different parking areas, a good indicator of how popular the hike is. No matter what, hikers will begin by signing in at the trail register a short distance down the trail. Following the blue blazes, hikers will climb gradually for the next mile. In another third of a mile, the trail reaches a junction with the Dean Trail. Continue along the right fork where the trail steepens considerably. In 1.2 miles the Alpine Trail crosses the Monroe Trail.

After the Alpine Trail junction, it is just over a half mile to the clearing just below the summit where hikers will begin following the Long Trail south. From the clearing, the trail becomes steep and mostly bedrock. You will break above tree line shortly after starting up the Long Trail, and there are expansive views to the west of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in New York. Be sure to walk only on the rocks, as the vegetation here is very fragile.

At the summit, great views of the White Mountains in New Hampshire can be seen to the east as well as views up and down the Green Mountain Spine to the north and south. There is also an approximately 200-foot cliff at the south end of the summit where you may see climbers.

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