DESTINATION: Camels Hump
ELEVATION: 4083 Ft.
TRAIL: Burrows Trail, Long Trail
DISTANCE: 4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2367 Ft.
HIKING TIME: 3 Hours
SEASON: Late Winter
DATE: March 19, 2012
WEATHER: Cool, clear
From 89 take exit 11 and head south 9 miles to the town of Huntington. Turn left onto Camels Hump Rd (dirt road) and follow it 3.4 miles to it's end where you will find a gravel parking lot. In late winter the road conditions were extremely muddy preventing me from reaching the traditional parking lot. I pulled off to the side of the road at 2.0 miles and walked 1.5 miles of Camels Hump Rd.
MAP: (Camels Hump)
The Burrows Trail ascends gradually through a hardwood forest. At 1.5 miles the terrain becomes rocky and steep as you increase elevation into the spruce and fir trees. As you reach the ridgeline the trail lessens grade and you reach a open clearing at 2.1 miles. This is the intersection with the Long Trail and a great place to relax a few minutes before the final 0.3 mile pitch to the summit. As you follow the long trail the terrain gets steeper and rougher and you become more and more exposed to the elements along the bare summit hump. The summit is obvious with a benchmark disk near the highest point and offers spectacular views of the nearby Vermont Mountains and across the Champlain Valley into the Adirondacks.
Burrows Trail - Long Trail = 2.1 Miles
Long Trail - Summit = 0.3 miles
Summit - Parking = 2.4 miles
**trail distances above are from the start of the Burrows Trail and do not include my 1.5 mile road walk
Burrows Trail - Long Trail = 1 Hr. 45 Minutes
Long Trail - Summit = 15 Minutes
Summit - Parking = 1 Hour
NOTES / COMMENTS:
The prominent and scarred summit of Camels Hump can be seen for miles and is arguably the most identifiable mountain in all of Vermont. It's a popular destination amongst hikers and relatively easy to climb. It's one of the few high peaks in Vermont that does not contain a ski resort and the summit views are absolutely breathtaking. You can see Mansfield and several other 4000 Foot Vermont peaks. The White Mountains of New Hampshire to the east and the Adirondacks are a close 50 miles to the west. Unfortunately, I forgot my digital camera and only obtained a few poor quality (unworthy for sharing) pictures from my cell phone.