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This daylong hike is strenuous but visually rewarding. It is referred to as Vermont's Best Hike.

This circuit hike is a beautiful but challenging hike offering views of Vermont's finest scenery. One of the nicest attractions about this hike is that no roads, nor trams lead to the gorgeous summit. The path begins along Monroe Trail near the end of the parking area on Camel's Hump Road. The trail rises immediately in a southwesterly direction before narrowing and ascending into a paper birch and beech forest. At just over 1 mile the trail intersects with Dean Trail. Take Dean Trail to the left traveling over a beautiful rippling creek then coming upon a spur trail at .25 mile. This spur leads to Hump Brook Tent Site. The main trail continues to ascend reaching a point where you'll be treated to wonderful reflections of Camel's Hump in a clean spruce-surrounded mountain pond. The Dean Trail is only 1 mile long ending at Wind Gap. Several other trails intersect at this point, all leading to an extensive network of trails throughout the state park and beyond. From Wind Gap turn right onto the famous Long Trail. The summit of Camel's Hump is 1.7 miles over rough and rocky terrain. As you ascend, begin noticing the wonderful dabbles of arctic plant life that are normally found 1,000 miles north. Also, as you make your way up the 1,200 foot ascent to Camel's Hump pause occasionally to enjoy the lush blueberry bushes and the emerging panoramic vistas. The trail descends a bit before the summit traveling into a birch forest then opening to barren rock. The breathtaking views increase as you make your final trek to the summit. Alpine Trail intersects to the right offering a cut-thru to Monroe Trail avoiding the arduous summit climb. From the Alpine Trail intersection, the summit is only .2 mile away. As you gaze up and across the scenery, don't forget to observe the beautiful fragile and endangered alpine vegetation lining the trail and rock crevasses. After enjoying the summit, you can continue on the Long Trail to reach the latter part of Monroe Trail where you'll turn right and hike 3.1 miles back to the parking area. The trail back is an enjoyable gradual descent.

Directions: From Jonesville, VT, Take Exit #10 off Interstate 89. Head south on SR 100 and make an immediately left (east) at the intersection of SR 100 and US 2. Continue on SR 100 and US 2 past Winooski Street. Travel about 1 mile and turn right onto SR 100 South. Make an almost immediate right again onto Main Street. The road curves around merging with River Road near a school. Follow this road for nearly 5 miles to Camel's Hump Road. Take Camel's Hump Road for approximately 4 miles to the trailhead.

Elevation: 4,083 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet

Distance: 7.9 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Camel's Hump State Park, Vermont

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